Friday, September 08, 2017

Sarcasm doesn't pay

A police lieutenant in Cobb County, Georgia,  has been moved to administrative duty for making what the department deemed were “inappropriate racial comments” during a traffic stop last year.

WSB-TV reported that its request for body camera footage of the incident prompted an internal investigation of Lt. Greg Abbott.

The footage shows a white female driver pulled over during a DUI traffic stop telling Abbott that she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone because “I’ve just seen way too many videos of cops ... ”

At that point, she is cut off by Abbott: “But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people,” the police veteran of nearly three decades can be heard saying. “Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”

The footage is from July 2016, before Mike Register took over as chief of Cobb police.

He said that Abbott will remain on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, for which he didn’t give a timeline.

A statement Wednesday from the department said Register just found out about the recording Friday.

“No matter what context it was said, it shouldn’t have been said,” Register told WSB-TV.

Suri Chadha Jimenez, who is representing the driver in the case, said he thinks the officer was being sarcastic after the woman “gave him some lip.”

“It makes you cringe when you hear it. It’s unacceptable,” Jimenez said.

Lance LoRusso, Abbott’s attorney, gave the station this statement:

“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.”



Anonymous said...

To Liberals, the police are always wrong; some police are wrong sometimes.

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals are born again whiners after trumps election and they hav'nt stopped their whining ever since

Anonymous said...

Not a really bright thing for the officer to say.

Even though it may be intended as sarcasm and in jest, the "joke" is in bad taste and did nothing to de-esculate the fears and concerns of the woman driver. It can also be argued that cops shooting people is not something that should be joked about or made fun of any more than joking about shooting cops is funny.

Whether you want to say that the cop was having a bad day, made a stupid comment, etc., the comment clearly is non-professional.