Sometimes some statements even when said sarcastically ring truer than not. The police officer in an attempt to get this woman to follow his order stated that police officers only killed black people and she was not black.
This police officer verbalized a the virtual truth about cops and black people in an attempt to get a woman he stopped to comply. WSB-TV reported the following.
Exclusive dash-cam video obtained by Channel 2 Action News caught an officer’s interaction with a woman who said she was afraid to move her hands during a traffic stop. Cobb County police Chief Mike Register told Channel 2 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.
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 cell phone because she didn’t want to get shot.
“No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register said.
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.”
Police Officer: ‘We only kill black people.’
Should this officer lose his job? He should not lose his job for telling a partial truth. I think he wanted the woman to comply and believed that the prevailing assumptions by many that only blacks and people of color need fear the police led to his assertion.
However, this story should be a highlight of the reality of many. Moreover, most police officers know what the prevailing beliefs are about their engagement with people of color. They must address that. After all, they do get violent with people of color much quicker than they do with white people. That is a fact that unless accepted by all, nothing will change and the bodies of many people of color will remain police bullet targets.