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A veteran US police officer who sparked outrage after he was filmed telling a woman “we only shoot black people” is reportedly facing the sack.
Dashcam footage has emerged of Lieutenant Greg Abbott, a policeman in the US for 27 years, making the comments during a routine traffic stop in Georgia.
In the shocking footage, Mr Abbott can be seen trying to convince a woman she was not in danger of being shot because she was not black.
Mr Abbott’s lawyer said in a statement the comments were a clear attempt to “gain compliance by using the passenger’s own statements and reasoning”.
But Cobb County police department chief Mike Register said that no matter the context, the statements were “inexcusable” and the officer will now be fired.
During the incident, which took place in July 2016, the officer tells the woman that he will take her to jail and impound her car.
She can then be seen in the footage telling him she wants to use her phone.
Mr Abbott tells her to take the phone from her lap, but she says: “I just don’t want to put my hands down. I’m really sorry I just…
“I’ve seen way too many videos of cops.”
He then replies: “But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah we only kill black people, right?
“All the videos that you’ve seen, have you seen white people get killed? You have?”
Mr Register told reporters at a press conference that police department had begun the process of firing Mr Abbott.
He said in a press conference: “I’ve known Lieutenant Abbott for a number of years, and I’ve always perceived him to be an honourable man. But he made a mistake”, adding that the department had begun the process of firing him.
He went on: “In my opinion, I feel that no matter what context you try to take those comments in, the statements were inexcusable and inappropriate and they’re not indicative of the values that I’m trying to instil within the Cobb County Police Department and I believe that the county holds.”
Numerous videos emerging of police officers shooting black people during traffic stops and while making arrests have sparked outcry in the US over recent years.
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