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GA officer charged with voluntary manslaughter after shooting man in the back

A Georgia police officer was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter after he allegedly shot and killed an unarmed man who ran from him following a traffic stop, authorities said.

Officer Zechariah Presley, 25, a member of the Kingsland Police Department, surrendered on Wednesday to the Camden County Sheriff's Office after a warrant for his arrest was obtained by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

It is the second time this week that a white police officer in the United States has been arrested on criminal charges stemming from a shooting that left an unarmed African-American dead following a traffic stop.

Police officer Zechariah Presley who was charged with voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath of office, after state investigators said he fatally shot a black man who was running away from him on June 21.



On Wednesday, East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Police Officer Michael Rosfeld was arrested on criminal homicide charges stemming from the death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose, who was shot in the back as he ran from Rosfeld following a June 19 traffic stop. Rose's shooting was caught on cell-phone video by a witness, prompting days of angry protests in the suburban Pittsburgh area.

Presley was charged in the shooting death of Anthony Marcell Green, 33, in Kingsland, which is about 35 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. Green was shot multiple times during a brief altercation that occurred after he was pulled over by Presley, authorities said.

"This is a terrible tragedy and the family is seeking justice. Tony Green was gunned down in cold blood by Officer Presley," Reginald Greene, an attorney for the man's family, said in a statement. "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."

Presley, a member of the Kingsland Police Department for a little over a year, was booked in the Glen County, Georgia, Jail. In addition to voluntary manslaughter, he is charged with violation of oath of office, officials said.

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