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Posted on: August 13, 2018

[ARCHIVED] A Message from the City of Kingsland

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On June 20, 2018, Chief Griffis requested the GBI conduct an independent investigation into the death of Anthony Marcel Green. The Kingsland Police Department provided available information to the GBI and remains committed to providing any ongoing support as requested.

On June 27, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), as part of their ongoing investigation, issued a press release regarding the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Zechariah Presley on charges of Voluntary Manslaughter and Violation of Oath of Office related to the death Anthony Marcel Green.  The legal process is ongoing through the courts. While the Kingsland Police Department continues to respond to Open Records Requests related to this event in the manner required by Georgia law, the GBI is the agency in control of information related to their ongoing investigation.

As a result, the Kingsland Police Department Chief Daryl G. Griffis recommended the termination of Presley, effective June 27,2018, and Kingsland City Manager Lee Spell accepted that recommendation.

The City Police Department actions and response confirm commitment to our mission to provide competent and courteous service to all citizens and to all visitors of the community in their homes and places of business ensuring them of an environment in which they can enjoy a high quality of life characterized by both physical safety and personal freedom.

In support of our mission, members of the Kingsland Police Department are committed to upholding the following values, We:

  • value upholding the laws in an ethical, impartial, courteous and professional manner while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons;

  • will be compassionate and provide assistance to victims and those in need;.

  • value promoting a sense of trust and respect for all people, including those in our agency.;

  • value that the police and the community share in the responsibility for crime control and public safety and that the role of the police is defined by the community that it serves.;

  • value and encourage problem solving, creative risk taking, initiative, and affecting change;.

  • will recognize and reward those who contribute to the development of more effective ways of providing police services, and those who apply creative solutions to problems;.

  • recognize that growth and learning are positive consequences of honest mistakes;.

  • value the reduction and prevention of crime through community partnerships, and problem solving;.

  • value the team concept--. Successful completion of the task is more important than who gets credit for the work;.

  • value and believe in high professional standards of integrity, ethics and behavior, guided by the letter, and spirit of the law, and the law enforcement code of ethics;.

  • will act appropriately, responsibly, and require the same of others;.

Once the complete GBI findings report is received, the City of Kingsland Police Department will review and act on any recommendations and findings. Our hearts go out to the families who have been affected by these events.

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