KINGSLAND, Ga. – Georgia is a police officer who fatally shot a black man who was running away from him, was dismissed and jailed on charges of voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath of office, just one week after reports of a coordinator to his frantic chase.
Kingsland police officer Zechariah Presley gave on Wednesday to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation obtained warrants for his arrest.
A GBI statement said Presley, who is white, is the tracking of a vehicle stopped at an intersection on June 21, when the driver and the passenger ran. Presley has the driver, later identified as Anthony Marcel Green.
“Got a running! Got two!” Presley yelled over the police radio.
What happened next was included on the Presley’s body camera.
Those images were enhanced and evaluated by the GBI, special agent Stacy Carson said. She said that it is still in research and not for the body-camera video-or dash-the images from the camera are made public.
Presley, 25, caught with Green, 33, making physical contact, but Green again fled, “at that time, Presley fired several shots resulting in the death of Green,” the GBI statement said.
Green family lawyer, Reginald Greene, released in a statement says the family is “seeking justice.”
“Tony Green was shot in cold blood by the Officer Presley. We are encouraged by his quick arrest, but we intend to remain vigilant until he is brought to justice and the family is able to find answers to the question of why this happened in the first place. The senseless killing of black men by police must stop,” the statement said.
Presley’s first appearance in court was scheduled for 2 pm, Friday at the Camden County Courthouse in Woodbine, Georgia, the sheriff’s office said. Local media not to report or he has a lawyer to speak in his name.
Kingsland police chief Daryl G. Griffis recommended ending Presley, Kingsland City Manager Lee Spell agreed, local media reported.
The department also released Presley’s personnel file, which shows that he was hired last year, despite admitting that he physically fought with his wife had bought or sold marijuana, repeatedly shouted at people, was involved in the “2-3” accidents and was arrested for “reckless, that he, and speeding,” according to his handwritten text.
Presley also racked up nine incidents during his years in the police department, at one point parking outside the house of a black man who had filed a complaint with the chief, and asks the man to say that Presley had made him fear for his life.
Presley also was suspended for a day without pay and warned his “bad decision making” in January after he called in a reckless driver while off-duty near a Dunkin Donuts, then sped off in pursuit in his own car at over 100 mph for his sergeant reached him over the phone and made him stop.
As for Green, local media are reporting that he has a ticket in March for a suspended license and a 2016 felony arrest.
Presley is being held in the Glynn County Jail, site of the Camden County Jail, where he worked as a security guard before joining the police force.
Kingsland is in Georgia at the southeast corner, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Jacksonville, Florida.