Cobb cop during traffic stop: ‘Remember, we only shoot black people’
- The Cobb branch of the NAACP said Thursday the officer’s statements, captured on police video footage, were disturbing, but the branch president said she wanted to know more about the incident.
- Chadha Jimenez said the woman was not the driver of the car but a passenger.
- The driver was arrested for DUI and placed in the officer’s squad car.
- Also on Thursday, the president of the Cobb branch of the NAACP said she was reserving judgment on the matter until the officer’s case has been thoroughly investigated.
- “We know police officers get up every day and protect and serve, but this was so cavalier,” said Deane Bonner, the branch president.
Cobb police Lt. Greg Abbott will be fired after commenting to a woman during a traffic stop:
@ShaunKing: White woman pulled over in Cobb County, GA. Tells cop she is nervous.
He tells her cops only shoot Black people.
The woman was arrested on charges related to the traffic stop, Chadha Jimenez said. Both her case and the driver’s DUI case were resolved months ago, the attorney said. He would not say if the driver and the woman are related.
“We know police officers get up every day and protect and serve, but this was so cavalier,” said Deane Bonner, the branch president. “(The) young lady . . . never mentioned ‘black.’ So, for him to take it to that level, it’s just very sad.”
She continued, “I want to be fair to him and we believe in due process, but as the leader of an organization that deals with people who go through this every day, this strikes a real chord with us,” Bonner said. “Why bring up ‘black’ and not just say ‘people?’ ‘We don’t shoot people.’
“Lt. Greg Abbott is a highly respected 28-year veteran of the Cobb County Police Department. He is cooperating with the department’s internal investigation and will continue to do so. His comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context. 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.”