A white ex-Georgia cop acquitted of manslaughter charges in the shooting death of an unarmed Black man was sentenced on Oct. 18 to one year in prison and four years of probation
A jury found Zechariah Presley guilty of violation of oath of office Oct. 5 in the death of 33-year-old Tony Green, according to The Associated Press.
Green was running from Presley when the Kingsland officer fired eight shots at him June 20, 2018, after a traffic stop, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported.
The verdict came down on the same day the only Black member of the jury was replaced by a white juror after the judge said the juror was sick, according to First Coast News.
Protesters took to the streets after the decision was announced, and Green’s father Wayne Anderson cried, the news outlet reported.
“My son was murdered and the man that murdered my son gets to go home to his sons, and can only possibly serve one to five [years] for murder,” Anderson said. “This oughta 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 up and down the courts.
“You can hit baseballs, but at the end of the day when they see you, they see a black man.”
The GBI confirmed in news releases posted online immediately following the incident that Green was running away when Presley shot him.
The officer turned himself in to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office June 27, 2018, according to the agency.
He was arrested on one count of voluntary manslaughter and one count of violation of oath of office after a vehicle stop led to a chase Presley was involved in, according to the GBI.