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White Police Officer Who Shot Black Man 'As a Result of Sudden, Violent … Passion' is Arrested

White police officer on the job for 13 months with nine records of violence is charged with voluntary manslaughter.

After a week of hiding, a 25-year-old white police officer from Kingsland, Ga., was arrested for the murder of an unarmed Black motorist, Anthony Marcell Green.


On Wednesday, Zechariah Presley, who has a questionable history of violence, finally surrendered himself to the Camden County Sheriff's office after he fatally shot a 33-year-old fleeing Green, on June 20th.

According to reports, Green was driving with an unidentified passenger around 10:42 p.m. when Presley began trailing their vehicle. After coming to a stop at an intersection, Green and the passenger proceeded to run on foot before Presley caught up, making physical contact with Green.

When an unarmed Green broke away and fled, Presley "fired multiple shots" that were "the result of a sudden, violent, and irresistible passion, resulting from serious provocation sufficient to excite such passion in a reasonable person," the arrest warrant said.

Presley has since been fired and charged with voluntary manslaughter. His career in the police force was short and violent. Over the span of his 13-month career, he racked up nine incidents of on-duty violence with an even sketchier history of domestic violence found in his application, according to NewsJax4.

"When I initially heard about the shooting, my initial thought was that it Presley," Naval veteran Jeffrey Travers told the local station.

Travers says he isn't surprised by what happened after being tased for alleged "disorderly conduct" by Presley earlier this year, who he believes "escalated the situation too quickly."

The incident between Presley and Green is one of many brutal incidents where a quickly escalated situation results in the death of an unarmed Black man by the hands of a man in uniform.

In 2017 alone, 27 percent of the 1,129 people killed by police were Black. And it seems as though the trend is likely to follow in 2018.

"I do believe that a strong majority of our officers are here to do the right thing," Travers said. "Sometimes, they slip through the cracks. I think Officer Presley slipped through the cracks, and unfortunately, it ended this way."

The Conversation (4)
Evelyn Miller01 Jul, 2018
Yet another Black man, murdered by the police. It is stunning the level of overall silence and apathy, from non-African Americans, that this has now become as common place as mass-shootings and there's little collective outrage (granted there's momentary outrage). Presley clearly saw himself as judge, jury and executioner. Why was this man, with his history of violence, allowed to "slip through the crack". This level of continued violence, by the police, against people of color is intolerable and every human being should be outraged!! As for Presley, I hope he gets everything he has coming to him in prison.
John Hoade30 Jun, 2018
He needs a hasty trial and given life in prison. Nothing less!
29 Jun, 2018
9 records of violence. Don't tell kids to join gangs, join the police and get paid for it while having a free gun.
Charity Dell29 Jun, 2018
People of color can't just "slip through the cracks" and murder anyone we want!

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