'We only kill black people'

A Georgia police officer has been placed on leave after footage shows him telling woman at traffic stop that 'we only kill black people.'

Tzvi Lev ,

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A police lieutenant in Georgia has been assigned to a desk job after he was caught on his dashcam camera telling a motorist that "remember, we only kill black people."

Cobb County Lieutenant Greg Abbott had pulled over a woman who appeared to be driving drunk. The woman said she was too scared to grab her smartphone, telling Abbot that she "has seen too many videos of cops," referring to the numerous clips of police officers shooting motorists during traffic stops.

Abbot can be seen telling her that “you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”

The incident occurred in July 2016, and was only unearthed a year later after WSB-TV filed a request under the Freedom Records Act.

Abbot has been placed on leave, and an investigation has been launched into the actions of the 28-year veteran.

Lance Lorusso, who is representing Abbot, told WSB-TV that his client was cooperating with the investigation, and said that Abbot was only trying to calm the woman down.

"He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger." said Larusso. "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 slammed Abbot, saying that "no matter what context it was, should not have been said."