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Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott  has chosen to take early retirement

Sep, 04, 2017

The Georgia police officer that was caught telling a woman at a DUI stop that “we only kill black people” has decided to retire.

It was already likely that Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott would lose his job for the comments he made, which became public last week. But he beat his department to the punch and decided to retire early after over 20 years on the job.

“He was eligible for that. Once he retires he is no longer employed so no disciplinary action can take place. He is entitled to his retirement, which he would've received even if he was fired,” Cobb County Public Safety Director Samuel Heaton told CNN.

Abbott had pulled a vehicle over for a DUI stop. When the woman appeared to be nervous, saying she had “seen way too many videos of cops” to put her hands down, the officer told her she wouldn't be shot because she wasn't Black.

“Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?”

The video from last summer prompted an inquiry. And though Abbott’s lawyer claims the video hasn’t been viewed in its full context, Abbott’s police chief Mike Register said that no the statements were “inexcusable and inappropriate” no matter the context.