Cobb County police Chief Mike Register told Channel 2 News Investigative Reporter Mark Winne that after Channel 2 Action News submitted an open-records request, he and his command staff looked at the video. “Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?” the Cobb County police officer can be heard saying on the video. On Friday, they opened an internal investigation. Register said the officer heard on video is Lt. Greg Abbott. Register said Abbott has been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. Suri Chadha Jimenez, who is representing the driver in the case, said he believes the officer was being sarcastic after the woman “gave him some lip.” “It makes you cringe when you hear it. It’s unacceptable,” Jimenez said. Jimenez says the fear minorities have when stopped is real. Abbott’s attorney Lance LoRusso gave Channel 2 Action News the following statement: “Lt. Greg Abbott is a highly respected 28-year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department. He is cooperating with the department’s internal investigation and will continue to do so. His comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context. He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger. In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger’s own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest.” According to Register, the recording is part of a DUI stop. The woman said she was hesitant to put her hands down to pick up a cellphone because she didn’t want to get shot. “No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register said. Watch the dashcam video below.
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