We Only Shoot Black People’: Georgia Police Lieutenant Under Investigation After Comment During DUI Stop

I’ve heard and seen a lot of outlandish things in my day, but this “truth” that this officer just told really takes the cake. There are a lot of thoughts that come to mind about this issue but on this one I’ll take the high road and let the article speak for itself. A Cobb County, GA police lieutenant stopped a car and tried to effect the arrest of it’s occupant. The occupant happened to be white. The officer gives instructions for the lady to get out of the car. The lady hesitated and showed her uneasiness with what she’s been seeing on the news regarding people being shot by the police. The cop assured the lady “We only shoot black people”. Read the article below.

According to yahoonews.com

‘We Only Shoot Black People’: Georgia Police Lieutenant Under Investigation After Comment During DUI Stop
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Georgia police have opened an internal investigation after dash-cam footage captured a police officer appearing to say to a nervous driver during a stop, “Remember, we only kill black people.”

The footage, obtained by Channel 2 Action News, shows Lieutenant Greg Abbott of the Cobb County Police Department asking a driver to pick up her cellphone during a DUI stop in July 2016. The incident only came to light this week following an open-records request by the channel.

The female driver said she was hesitant to move her hands because she has “just seen way too many videos of cops…,” suggesting that she may have been afraid of getting shot.

Abbott responded, “But you’re not black. Remember, we only shoot black people. We only kill black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the black people get killed?”

Cobb County Police Chief Mike Register told Channel 2 that Abbott had been put on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation. “No matter what context it was said [in], it shouldn’t have been said,” said Register, who was not police chief at the time of the incident.

The attorney for the woman in the case, Suri Chadha Jimenez, said she thought the officer was being sarcastic but added that “it makes you cringe when you hear it” and called the comments “unacceptable.”

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Abbott’s attorney Lance LoRusso said in a statement to Channel 2 that Abbott’s 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,” said LoRusso.

In 2016, 963 people were shot and killed by police in the United States, according to a Washington Post database. Of those 465 (48 percent) were white, compared to 233 black people (24 percent). But according to the last U.S. census, white people make up around 62 percent of the population compared to the 13 percent who are African American.

A December 2016 study by Drexel University found that black people are 2.8 times more likely to die in encounters with police than white people and 1.7 times more likely than Hispanics.

In July 2016, a police officer fatally shot Philando Castile, a 32-year-old black man, during a traffic stop in Minnesota. Castile had told the officer, Jeronimo Yanez, that he was carrying a gun and was licensed to do so. Yanez shot Castile, claiming that he was reaching for his gun, but Castile’s girlfriend claimed his was reaching for his ID.

Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in June, sparking protests.

 

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WORDUP WEDNESDAY

Some consider this gospel song by Tasha Cobbs Leonard – “I’m Getting Ready” Feat. Nicki Minaj to be controversial because Nicki (a secular rap artist) is on the track. I’m glad that God is baking the cake, and we’re not!!! Thanks Ann for sending me this new music. This is the first time that I heard it also.

Today’s Scripture: Titus 3:4, 5a (came to my inbox this morning)

When the kindness and love of God our Savior was revealed, he saved us.

WORDUP!!!

REMEMBERING THOSE IN TEXAS

This post is for those that are enduring the horrendous conditions that hurricane Harvey is causing in Texas at this time. According to reports “officials in Texas said Monday afternoon that at least eight people appear to have died as a result of the storm battering the state. That toll includes six people in Harris County, home to Houston; one person in Rockport, near where Harvey made landfall; and another person in La Marque, near Galveston”.
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The videos are by the following artists: “Lean On Me” – Bill Withers
“Lean On Me” – Kirk Franklin

MISCELLANEOUS POETRY

The 5th Of Twenty Ten @Miscellaneous

They were late the both of them
Late for the trip
Perhaps all legitimate
Perhaps someone taking a sip
It is funny
Depends on how you look
Seems like a long song
Or like someone reading a book
Michael died at fifty
Not fiddy cents
The mind and breath are getting foggy
Who’s giving out mints
The rain hasn’t stopped
And the sky yet gray
The music has suddenly changed
Perchance to stay that way
Look, he rolled up on me
Never knew he was a cop
Take a listen at all this madness
When is it ever gonna stop?

©2016 tjroach

I NEED YOU TO SURVIVE……….. THANK YOU

This is the first song that I thought about today when I began thinking about a way to say THANK YOU to all of the bloggers, friends, and anyone who comes to visit this blog. The truth is that we all need each other on this planet more than we know in order to survive. I think about all of the violence going on in this country basically regarding race. I think it is so ironic that in one week to see people fighting each other and then the next week pulling together to watch the sun and the moon (the eclipse). AND then the following week people having to merge together to support each other because of a major hurricane that is devastating lives. Sometimes we can’t see the big picture because we’re all up in the frame.
Okay, back to the reason I’m doing this post. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU…for all of the likes, the comments, the love, the education, the friendship, and just for being you. If I posted this song before, just know that I like the song just as much now as I did before. Again, I appreciate you all…
“I NEED YOU TO SURVIVE” is by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir…

Be an inspiration to others

I couldn’t let this nugget slip by without sharing it. I hope you read this and get the message!!!

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This is arguably the most beautiful story I have received on whatsapp! READ…

A lady worked at a meat distribution factory. One day, when she finished with her work schedule, she went into the meat cold room (Freezer) to inspect something, but in a moment of misfortune, the door closed and she was locked inside with no help in sight. Although she screamed and knocked with all her might, her cries went unheard as no one could hear her. Most of the workers had already gone, and outside the cold room it’s impossible to hear what was going on inside. Five hours later, whilst she was at the verge of death, the security guard of the factory eventually opened the door. She was miraculously saved from dying that day. When she later asked the security guard how he had come to open the door, which wasn’t his usual work routine…

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