After making a racist comment during a routine traffic stop, a Georgia police officer has been placed on administrative leave and faces an investigation for his actions.
Gregg Abbott, a lieutenant on the Cobb County police force, is the officer involved in the investigation. While conducting a traffic stop in July 2016, the female driver appeared hesitant to retrieve her cell phone, as reported by The Guardian.
Abbott then said, "But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people.” The comments were in response to the driver thinking her moving her hands from the steering wheel would possibly result in an escalation of the situation.
“I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops,” the driver said, prompting Abbott's divisive response, according to The New York Daily News.
Mike Register, Cobb County police chief, said that “no matter what the context, it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” while also confirming that Abbott will remain on administrative leave until the investigation has been completed.
"We’re not making excuses,” Register said. “We’re meeting this head-on, and we’re going to deal with it.”