“We Only Kill Black People” - Georgia Cop
(AllHipHop Opinion) Raging racist with a swelling empowerment or inappropriate jokester? They are all just bad jokes to have the representative of Cobb County Police Department tell it.
Police Officer Greg Abbott pulled over a woman for a DUI stop and wanted to reassure her that she was safe. The woman was clearly nervous and worried. To let her know everything was alright, Officer Abbott says: “But you’re not Black. Remember, we only shoot Black people. Yeah, we only kill Black people, right?”
The video, which was obtained by WSB-TV in Atlanta, has sent shockwaves through social media and non-traditional outlets. Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register said this is an anomaly. “The statements was made by an individual, and they’re not indicative of the values and the facts that surround the Cobb County Police Department and this county in general,” Register said.
Officer Abbott’s lawyer took it a step farther and said that his client was using a police mind-control tactic to mentally disarm the suspected drunkard.
“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.”
Black people, Latino people and Indigenous people of this land are all more likely to be shot and killed by the police than their White counterparts. In fact, despite being 13.3% of the U.S. population, Black people are over three times more likely to be killed by police than whites, according to mappingpoliceviolence.org, and Natives get it even worse. Roughly, 30% of Black victims were unarmed, whereas that number is about 21% with whites. If you go to places like Oklahoma city or St. Louis, this murderous trend skyrockets to 7x.
The stats are staggering.
So, this officer's racial commentary is far very truthful and, quite frankly, he knows it. There is no excusing this abuse of power, raw display of privilege and inexcusably racist statement. The reality is, police now know they can kill and brutalize Black and Brown and get away. About 99% of all cases of police brutality result in no conviction. There is absolutely no accountability and that’s terrifying. Furthermore, the ability to call Black people insane and paranoid is gone. These statements truly reflect the Ku Klux Klan more than any group that upholds the motto “protect and serve.”
So to the white lady suspected of driving drunk, never fear. You are protected by the red, the white and the blue. You were never in any danger. For POC’s, driving can be a stressful, terror-filled excursion when those lights show up in the rearview mirror even if you have done no wrong.