Police in Cobb County, Ga., have opened an internal probe after dash-cam footage showed an officer telling a woman, “We only kill black people,” during a traffic stop.

Atlanta’s Channel 2 WSB-TV first obtained the footage, in which Lt. Greg Abbott can be heard talking to a female driver who was initially hesitant to put her hands down out of fear of being shot.

“But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah, we only kill black people, right?” Abbott tells her.


Cobb County police Chief Mike Register told Channel 2 that Abbott has been moved to handling administrative duties as the police conduct the internal investigation.

“No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register told the news station.

Lance LoRusso, a lawyer for Abbott, said in a statement to Channel 2 that Abbott is cooperating with the probe and emphasized the need for context in understanding the officer’s comments.

"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,” LoRusso said.

“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.”

Register said the traffic stop occurred last year.