Kingsland, Georgia, Police Officer Zechariah Presley, 25, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath of office because he fatally shot Anthony Green,33, a motorist who was killed while running away from Presley.
On June 21, Presley was following Green’s car when Green and a passenger both got out of the vehicle and ran away. Presley ran after Green, catching up to him a couple blocks away “at which time Presley fired multiple shots resulting in the death of Green,” according to a GBI statement.
Green’s family attorney, Reginald Greene, released a statement saying the family demands justice, reported NBC News.
“Tony Green was gunned down in cold blood by Officer Presley. We are encouraged by his swift arrest, but we intend to remain vigilant until he is brought to justice and the family is able to get answers as to why this happened in the first place. The senseless killings of black men by police must stop,” the statement said.
According to his personnel file that was released by the Kingsland Police Department, Presley has a history of inappropriate conduct for a police officer:
[Records show] he was hired last year despite admitting that he had physically fought with his wife, had bought or sold marijuana, repeatedly shouted at people, was involved in “2-3” accidents and had been arrested for “reckless, eluding, speeding,” according to his handwritten text.
Presley also racked up nine incidents during his year in the police department, at one point parking outside the house of a black man who had complained to the chief, prompting the man to say that Presley had him fearing for his life.
Green’s record shows a traffic ticket in March for a suspended license, and an arrest in 2016 on a misdemeanor.
The GBI is reviewing footage from Presley’s bodycam and patrol-vehicle camera, but is not releasing video because of the ongoing investigation.
Presley is being kept at the Glynn County Jail rather than the Camden County Jail, where he worked as a guard before joining the police force.