Cop Who Shot An Unarmed Black Man Acquitted Of Manslaughter Charges

Cop Who Shot An Unarmed Black Man Acquitted Of Manslaughter Charges

Zechariah Presley claimed the victim was holding a gun when it was a mobile phone.

Zechariah Presley, an ex-Georgia police officer had stopped Tony Green at a traffic stop on June 2018. The incident occurred in Kingsland, Georgia. As reported by Daily News, the video shows Presley following and stopping Green's car. Tony Green then started running on foot when Presley returned to his car to fetch something. 

Presley chased after Grenn and used his stun gun before discharging his gun on Green. In a recording that was released, Presley could be heard talking to another officer who arrived at the scene. He says: “He was grabbing at my Taser. I kind of tased myself, I think, in the arm maybe. And then I was going for my gun, and he started taking off. And I fired.”

Presley said in the court that he believed Green to be holding a gun when in fact the investigators found a mobile phone. The Camden County jury, however, deliberated and found him guilty only of violating his oath of office. He was cleared of both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges. His sentencing would be on Oct 18, and he could be imprisoned for one to five years.

Speaking to News4, Green's father Wayne Anderson said: “The man that murdered my son gets to go home to his sons ... and can only possibly serve 1 to 5 (years) for murder. This ought to serve notice to a lot of our young black men and black men, period, that you can run up and down the football field, you can run on down the courts, you can hit baseballs, you can do it. But at the end of the day, when I see you, they see a black man.”

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