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Georgia police officer charged in black man’s shooting death; the officer had a history of issues

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Kingsland Police Officer Zechariah Presley was charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of 33-year-old Anthony Marcel Green in Kingsland, Georgia. (Image source: CBS News video screenshot)

The Georgia police officer who has been charged in the shooting death of a fleeing black man had significant legal and behavioral issues in his personnel file, and the department was aware of them when they brought him on, The Associated Press reported.

Kingsland Police Officer Zechariah Presley was fired, arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Anthony Marcel Green last week.

When Presley was hired last year, he admitted on his application to physically fighting with his wife, buying or selling marijuana, and an arrest for reckless driving, according to his personnel file.

What's the story?

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Presley was following a vehicle that stopped at an intersection on June 21 when both the driver and passenger hopped out of the vehicle and began running.

Presley chased after the driver, Green, and caught him before Green somehow escaped again. At that point, Presley fired multiple shots, killing Green. Body camera footage of the incident hasn't been released yet.

Kingsland Police Chief Daryl Griffis fired Presley, and he was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath of office.

What about the officer's history?

Presley, in his relatively short time at the Kingsland Police Department, had a couple of incidents that resulted in disciplinary action.

He was once suspended for using his personal vehicle in a high speed chase, pursuing a reckless driver while off-duty at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

NBC News reported that Presley was involved in nine "incidents" during his time with the department, including one in which he parked outside the house of a black man who had complained to the chief, causing the man to say he feared for his life.

What about the victim?

Green was a manager at a fast food restaurant, and the father of three children as old as 13 and as young as 3 or 4, according to the family's attorney. He was 33 years old.

WJAX-TV reported that Green had a suspended license and a 2016 misdemeanor arrest for willful obstruction of law enforcement officers on his record.

Green had a previous interaction with Presley in March during a trespassing call.

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