From [WGXA] and [HERE] The suit filed Monday in coastal Camden County says 33-year-old Tony Green was killed "without justification or excuse" when he was shot multiple times June 20 even though he was "unarmed and did not pose an imminent threat." Atlanta attorney Reginald Greene sued on behalf of Green's minor daughter, identified in the lawsuit only by the initials T.G.
The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages from the city of Kingsland and from Zechariah Presley, who was fired as a Kingsland police officer after the shooting. Presley is scheduled to stand trial Sept. 30 on charges of voluntary manslaughter and violating his oath as an officer.
The officer is white and the man he shot was black. The shooting outraged African Americans in Kingsland, a small city of about 16,000 people near the Georgia-Florida line. Some of Green's friends and relatives argued that the manslaughter charge was too lenient.
According to the complaint:
On June 20, 2018 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Decedent was driving with an unidentified passenger and pulled into the parking lot of SP Food Mart, located at 301 N Lee Street, Kingsland, Georgia 31548 (the “SP Food Mart”).
On the same date and at the same time and location, Defendant Presley was on duty as a Kingsland Police Officer and pulled his police cruiser into the SP Food Mart. When Decedent and his passenger left the SP Food Mart at 10:42 p.m., Defendant Presley followed their vehicle in his police cruiser.
Neither Decedent nor his passenger committed any act whatsoever at SP Food Mart to give Defendant Presley reasonable suspicion to pursue, investigate, follow or detain either Decedent or his passenger.
While pursuing Decedent’s vehicle for no apparent reason, Defendant Presley activated his lights and siren to pull Decedent over.
Shortly after Defendant Presley activated his lights and siren, Decedent stopped the vehicle at the intersection of East Lily Street and North East Street in Kingsland, Georgia. Decedent and the passenger exited the vehicle and fled by foot.
Defendant Presley exited his vehicle and pursued Decedent for approximately two blocks.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (“GBI”), who reviewed Defendant Presley’s dash cam and body cam footage from the incident, a brief altercation occurred between Decedent and Defendant Presley.
Following the brief altercation, Decedent fled again and Defendant Presley fired multiple rounds from his service weapon at Decedent, striking him multiple times and killing him almost instantly.
At all times relevant to this action, Decedent was unarmed and did not pose an imminent threat of serious bodily harm or death to Defendant Presley. Defendant Presley took Decedent’s life without justification or excuse.
On or about June 27, 2018, Officer Presley was arrested on various charges related to Decedent’s homicide.
Video footage recorded by police has been reviewed by investigators, but hasn't been released.
A grand jury that indicted Presley in November declined to charge him with murder. Under Georgia law, voluntary manslaughter is punishable by one to 20 years in prison.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has released few details about the shooting, saying only that Presley was following a vehicle Green was driving when Green got out and began to run. The two men got into a brief scuffle, the agency said, before Green began to flee again and Presley fired multiple gunshots, killing him.
Presley's attorney in the criminal case, Adrienne Browning, said Tuesday she does not represent him in the civil case. She referred a reporter to attorney Patrick O'Connor, who did not immediately return a phone message. Kingsland city attorney Stephen Kinney also did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.