A white police lieutenant in the US state of Georgia who was recorded on video during a traffic stop saying “we only kill black people” will be fired, a local police chief has said.
Cobb County police Chief Mike Register told reporters on Thursday that he has started the process to terminate the employment of Lieutenant Greg Abbott.
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Dashcam video from July 2016 shows a car stopped on the side of a road. A white woman can be heard telling Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her mobile phone, as per the reports
Abbott interrupts her and says, “But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right?”
Abbott, who has been an officer in Cobb County for more than 20 years, was placed on administrative duty last week, pending an investigation.
US police departments have been under increased scrutiny in recent years for the disproportionate number of shootings of black Americans by police.
Civil rights campaigners and activists say the disproportionate number of black Americans killed by police is part of a broader pattern of racial discrimination in the country’s justice system.
According to one statistic , at least 1,093 people were killed by police in the US last year.
Nearly a quarter of those killed were African Americans although the group accounts for roughly 12 percent of the total US population.