A local Georgia officer is under fire after he is caught on dash cam attempting to placate an agitated white driver. He is seen in the video to have told the passenger, “But you’re not black! Remember? We only kill black people.”
The inflection in the officer’s tone seems to suggest that he’s joking about the matter. Despite this very minute detail, the fact that he would even have the audacity to joke about such a grave issue points to a much bigger flaw in the United State’s legal system.
The fact of the matter is that the veteran officer of twenty-seven years should have known better. The experienced officer with nearly thirty years under his belt should have been better. Everyone makes mistakes but after thirty years of being an “upholder of justice and the law”, you should know the difference between right and wrong.
Chief of Police, Mike Register comments, “I’ve known Lt. Abbott for a number of years, and I’ve always perceived him to be an honorable man. He made a mistake. I don’t know what’s in his heart, but I certainly know what came out of his mouth. And, it’s inexcusable and we have to take appropriate action.”
The officer’s lawyer, Lance J DeRusso, claims that the clip has been taken out of proportion and out of context but what “good” context is there to take such a brazenly vile comment out of? There is no light side of this, the only context is rooted in a deep seated evil.
“We only kill black people. Yeah. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen [black] people get killed?”
Yeah, jokes are pretty funny when the punch line of the joke isn’t murder.