Y’all, these cops ain’t even trying to pretend anymore. Released dashcam footage provided to a local Georgia news station shows an officer’s interaction with a white female driver who claimed she was afraid to move her hands during a traffic stop due to all the recent videos of cops shooting and/or attacking folks.
That’s when the Cobb County, Ga., police officer could be heard reassuring the woman that she wouldn’t get hurt because she’s not black.
“But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?” the officer, identified as Lt. Greg Abbott by WSBTV could be heard saying.
Now Police Chief Mike Register is attempting to do damage control, launching an internal investigation and placing Abbott on administrative duties pending the outcome of that investigation.
Now, I’m not a lawyer, and I do not know all the nuances of the legal system, but what the hell exactly is there left to investigate?
“The statements was [sic] made by an individual. They are not indicative of the values and the facts that surround the Cobb County police department and this county in general,” Register said.
Register indicated that the recording was taken from a DUI traffic stop last year, before he became chief, and that Abbott made his comments after the woman indicated that she was just too nervous to reach down to get her phone due to her exposure to videos on police brutality.
“No matter what context it was said in, it should not have been said,” Register added. “We’re not making excuses. We’re meeting this head on and we’re going to deal with it.”
No, you're not going to "deal with it". America has been "not dealing with it" quite pointedly for 400 years now, it's what America does. The notion that Abbott's statements didn't reflect Cobb County Georgia PD as a whole is horseshit, because Abbott's statements represent the views of basically every police department in America.
There's nothing about the possible humorous intent of the statement that changes it from being the truth. We are allowed to exist only because the police haven't decided to kill us yet, and that goes for every black person in this country, full stop.
That tree of liberty we keep hearing about often gets refreshed with the blood of black people. The cops know it, the people know it, we all know it, and any efforts to do something about it get us labeled as terrorists.
When that becomes official under Trump, that's only when the horrors see the light of day. They'll happen anyway, they are occurring right now and will continue to do so.
I wouldn't wish being black in America on anyone, and I live it daily.