Dash camera footage of a Georgia police officer telling a driver that they "only kill black people" during a DUI stop is going viral (video below).
The shocking video was obtained by WSB-TV. During the traffic stop, which occurred in July, a woman is heard telling an officer that she is afraid to move her hands because of recent police shootings.
"But you're not black. Remember, we only kill black people," the officer responds. "We only kill black people, right?"
The officer has been identified as Lt. Greg Abbott. He has been placed on administrative duties while the incident is being investigated, WGCL reported.
Abbott's attorney, Lance LoRusso, issued a statement on the incident and has defended his client:
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.
Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register also told WSB-TV that Abbott is a "good officer," and that he is unaware of any complaints of racial bias against him. Still, he condemned the officer's choice of words.
"No matter what the context, statements like these are unacceptable and are not indicative of the type of culture we are trying to facilitate here in the police department, as well as within the county," Register said in a statement.
“We’re not making excuses. We’re meeting this head-on and we’re going to deal with it,” Register continued. “We are going to keep going forward to make sure we, as a police department, service the community in a most professional way -- all segments of the community."
Chairman Mike Boyce also condemned Abbott's words and added that disciplinary action will be taken.
“I have seen the video and obviously have great concerns," Boyce said. "I find the comments on the video repugnant and offensive beyond measure. I have personally spoken with Mrs. Deane Bonner of the Cobb NAACP and Ben Williams, chairman of the Cobb chapter of the SCLC, and expressed my deep disappointment about this behavior. I have been assured that we will take quick and decisive action."