It's always nice when a police officer attempts to calm a nervous driver they've pulled over. But if calming them down means telling them that police officers kill black people, that's probably not the right strategy.
A police officer in Georgia pulled over a woman for suspicion of drunk driving. When he asked the woman to move her hands, she replied that she was afraid to do so because of news stories about police shootings. In response, the officer said, "Remember, we only kill black people. We only kill black people, right?"
The comments by the officer were caught by his dashcam and recently made public. He's since been put on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
The woman being pulled over was white, and a lawyer for the officer said that he didn't make his comments as a threat or in a joking manner. He simply said those comments to assuage the woman's fears and get her to comply with the traffic stop. The officer doesn't have a history of racism and there have been no complaints made about him in that regard.
But still, a police officer freely saying that his profession only kills black people and doing so without hesitation is problematic. He could've said police officers only shoot dangerous and armed criminals, or he could've said police officers don't kill innocent people. But instead he chose to point out that the vast majority of officer-involved shootings in recently years involved black people.
The Cobb County Police Chief gave a statement to the press condemning the officer's comments. He said, "No matter what the context, statements like these are unacceptable and are not indicative of the type of culture we are trying to facilitate here in the police department, as well as within the county."