MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police chief said he is firing a lieutenant who was heard on video during a traffic stop saying “we only kill black people.”

Dashcam video from July 2016 shows a woman in a car telling Cobb County police Lt. Greg Abbott she was scared to move her hands in order to get her cellphone. Abbott, who is white, interrupts her and says, “But you’re not black. Remember, we only kill black people.”

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Police Chief Mike Register told reporters Thursday that he has started the process to terminate Abbott’s employment.

Register said the comments were inappropriate regardless of the context in which they were uttered.

Register said he learned of the comments from a television station on Friday. Abbott had been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Abbott’s attorney did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the termination. He earlier said Abbott is cooperating with the investigation, and that his comments were meant to “de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger.”

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