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“We Only Kill Black People”: Was Georgia Officer Fired for Being Racist or for Telling the Truth?



by G. Brown

A Cobb County Georgia officer is out of work after being caught on camera during a traffic stop saying cops only kill Black people.

The officer was a police lieutenant who can be heard in the dashcam video  talking with a White female driver who he pulled over for a routine traffic stop.  The officer is apparently trying to get the woman to hand him maybe her license or  car registration, but she isn’t complying until she finally admits she’s frightened to put her hands downs because she had “seen way too many videos of cops.”   Officer Greg Abbott responds ” You’re not Black.  Remember, we only kill Black people. Yeah, we only kill Black people, right?” Here’s the full video of that encounter…

That video came from Atlanta TV News station WSB which at the time reporters said the incident was under an internal investigation.  Since it’s release, that officer has now been fired.

The former officers’ lawyer defended Abbott saying “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.”

Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register disagreed with Abbott’s attempt to explain his comment and said, “No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said.”

Abbott had been a police officer for 27 years…nearly three decades of taking his perspective, his beliefs with him on a job that put the lives of people in his hands everyday.  Maybe Abbott was trying to make a point by using the woman’s own words against her meaning “you’re White, you’re not in danger”.  But the context in which he said it doesn’t really matter.  The truth is in any context–that statement is believable as a pervasive attitude with police.The truth is if that driver had been a Black woman , would the officer have shown the same patience in trying to talk her into complying with his request?  The White female driver  had the opportunity to talk back, not immediately comply and even make a disparaging comment about police in general.  Would this scenario have ended differently had that driver been Black?

Should the cop have been fired?  Yes and no.  Yes because his words indicate racist views which bring along an ‘all Blacks are guilty’ attitude. But no because he was in essence fired for speaking what many people believe to be the truth after Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and the numerous other unarmed Black suspects who have died at the hands of police.  It does seem Officer Abbott was fired simply because he told the truth.

What would have happened if the video didn’t exist? This incident happened in July 2016, but the officer wasn’t fired until the video went public.  So did Cobb County police take more than a year to investigate this incident?  If the officer was wrong in August of 2017 when he was fired why wasn’t it wrong in July of last year?  Why take more than a year to fire him?

A footnote to this incident…if White people are scared of police and they’re not as Abbott said the race of people being killed by cops, how do you think Black people feel?

Yes, Abbott should have been fired. There’s little comfort in his termination though–what about all the other officers who also believe its okay to kill Blacks, but they’re smart enough not to admit it with a dashcam rolling.

What do you think?…

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    April 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    No, I know.

  2. NBA is fixed

    September 2, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Guys do you remember the year 1991? That was the year Ice-T made the heavy metal song Cop Killer. White people didn’t dismiss that song as sarcasm, they took that song very seriously. We need to take what that racist white cop said seriously! Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Alton Sterling, Oscar Grant, Walter Scott, trust me, the statement said by that white cop was not sarcasm, it was intent!

    P.S. No black leader has made a statement about this serious situation, why?

  3. Shawn J

    September 2, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    The (white) police officer should’ve indeed been fired. Clearly, he’s (a) racist.

    • The Reel Network

      September 8, 2017 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Shawn J Thanks for taking a few moments to give us your comments and thoughts on the matter. Take care Shawn J

  4. childofthesixties

    September 2, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    It could have been a little of both, racist and being sarcastic, either way…. the way things are in this country, he should not have said it, no class!

    • The Reel Network

      September 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Hi childofthesixties! Good to hear from you. You’re right. There was probably some sarcasm involved, but as you pointed the current state of affairs between police and Blacks being killed calls for sensitivity…not sarcasm. Thanks childofhesixties.

  5. NBA is fixed

    September 1, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Here is some information that white people don’t want the public to know about. Throughout America, lots of white police officers are members of the KKK, neo nazis and neo confederates.

  6. NBA is fixed

    September 1, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    The white police officer was fired because he told the truth. White supremacy was built on five things; racism, mass murder, warfare, theft and LIES! When a person tells the truth, he or she becomes a threat to the white devilish system. One ounce of truth is more powerful than a hundred pounds of lies.

    • The Reel Network

      September 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Hi NBA Truth is indeed a powerful thing. Your second statement about many White police officers being affiliated with certain groups that used to be clandestine is also some truth. Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts with us NBA…have a great weekend.

  7. the seer

    September 1, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I would like to believe he was being sarcastic, however in today’s climate, he chose a bad choice of words. If a citizen said: the same about cops, they would have been arrested. And being that they were both white, he felt comfortable using those words to calm her down…….

    • The Reel Network

      September 8, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      @ the seer The logical mind wants to conclude that he was indeed being sarcastic, but as you also noted, it’s better to be cognizant of the atmosphere and culture in which we live. With so many Blacks killed while in the hands of police, this is not the time for jokes or sarcasm like the officer spoke. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Take care

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