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May 21, 2019

Georgia cop charged in death of black man running away from traffic stop

June 28, 2018
Officer Zachariah Presley (left), 25, was arrested and charged in the death of black motorist Tony Green (right) on Wednesday in Kingsland, Ga. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation / Family Handout)

A Georgia cop who shot and killed a black man running away from him has been arrested in his death, according to state authorities.

Kingsland Police Officer Zachariah Presley, who is white, turned himself in Wednesday to the Camden County sheriff’s office after the state Bureau of Investigation issued an warrant for his arrest for the June 20 slaying.

The 25-year-old officer was chasing a vehicle with victim Tony Green behind the wheel. After he stopped it, both Green and a passenger bolted.

The cop and 33-year-old Green scuffled, but he managed to escape again. That’s when authorities say Presley opened fire, striking Green repeatedly and killing him.

Presley was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the independent probe. He faces one count of voluntary manslaughter and another for violation of oath of office, officials said.

Presley has a troubled past as a law enforcement officer, according to local reports.

Presley racked up at least nine internal complaints ranging from reckless driving and racial profiling in the year since he joined the Kingsland force.

WJXT-TV reports a man, who is black, complained to the police department that Presley and another officer would often park in front of his home and that he was fearful of them. In another case, a woman who felt Presley racially profiled her during a traffic stop missed an appointment to speak to the officer’s supervisor about the incident.

Presley also Tased a black man who drunkenly said he would “throw bullets” at officers, WJXT-TV reported, citing documents obtained through a records request.

The police-involved death bears a resemblance to the East Pittsburgh shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose.

Officer Michael Rosfeld shot the teen as he fled a stopped car initially believed to have been involved with an earlier shooting.

Rosfeld on Wednesday was charged in Rose’s death.

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