That's what officials at the Cobb County, Georgia police department are calling comments made by one of their officers in 2016. But the cop's remarks — made during a routing traffic stop — were appalling, and illustrate the stark racial divide in policing that have sparked the current Black Lives Matter movement.
Let's be honest. Driving comes with certain risks, and it's usually nice to know you've got police and emergency services to turn to if you run into trouble.
Ideally, if you find yourself in danger (either by your own actions or someone else’s), you can count on police officers to have your best interests at heart. But as all too many people have experienced, it doesn’t always go down that way.
In most cases, a simple traffic stop results in nothing more than an expensive ticket (or a warning, if you're lucky).
If there’s alcohol or a crime involved, obviously, a DUI is a possibility—or even an arrest.
But that’s far from the worst that could happen.
A police siren doesn't trigger the same reactions for all people.
For some, the siren means help is on the way.
The deaths of these men and others have been the driving force behind the Black Lives Matter movement.
A recent study found that people who are black are more than twice as likely to be killed by police officers than people who are white.
It is this systemic racism and violence toward black people that members of the BLM movement revolt against as they aim to rebuild the Black liberation movement.
In a world where police officers have killed innocent people, fear is an understandable reaction to being pulled over.
In 2016, 963 people were shot and killed by police officers. That list includes people of all races, in a variety of situations, who were both armed and unarmed. At least 16 of them were under 18.
Most people who get pulled over are not killed by police officers. But it has happened.
Back in July of 2016, a police officer said something during a DUI traffic stop landed him in the center of a massive controversy.