VIDEO: Georgia Police Officer Told a Woman On Camera ‘We Only Kill Black People’

A Veteran Georgia police officer is under investigation after this exchange with a woman during a traffic stop , telling her the officers “only kill black people.”

The incident happened last year, before he became chief. This was also before an International Association of Chiefs of Police report gave the Cobb Police Department a high community approval rating, but also mentioned a perception of discriminatory and biased policing.

The video was obtained by WSB Channel 2 in Atlanta. The woman can be heard telling the officer she’s afraid to move her hands because of recent police-involved shootings. The footage shows officer Greg Abbott pulling over a woman in Georgia.

During dashcam video of the incident, the woman told the officer she didn’t want to reach for her mobile phone in her lap because she’d seen too many videos of cops shooting motorists. The cop, Lt. Greg Abbott, quickly responded, “But you’re not black. We only kill black people, right?”

WSB first obtained the video.

On Thursday, attorney Suri Chadha Jimenez, who represented the driver in the DUI case that resulted from the traffic stop, offered clarification of the incident.  Jimenez said the woman was not the driver of the car but a passenger. He represented the male driver of the car, not the woman, but said he was familiar with the facts of the case.  The driver was arrested for DUI and placed in the officer’s squad car. The woman was waiting for someone to pick her up from the scene. While she waited, the exchange with the officer occurred.

Abbott, a 27-year veteran of the police department, has been moved to administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation, authorities said.

 A study released in May of this year said Cobb County police must face up to public perceptions of racism and discriminatory policing. The study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police encouraged the department to keep track of what happens when officers interact with people of different races, “given the societal concerns over biased policing.”