In Fatal Walgreens Shoplifter Shooting, San Francisco Security Guard Will Not Be Charged

The district attorney’s office stated Monday that a security officer who shot and killed Banko Brown, a Walgreens shoplifter, will not be charged.

Due to “extraordinary public interest” in Brown’s killing, the San Francisco DA’s office disclosed surveillance video and other data Monday.

“Based on the criminal investigation, review of the evidence, and evaluation of the case, we have determined that there is insufficient evidence to support the filing of criminal charges against the suspect in the Banko Brown death investigation,” the statement read.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors wrote to District Attorney Brooke Jenkins last week to release the security video of the April 27 shooting after the guard was released after 72 hours without charges.

Brown tries to exit the business, but Michael Anthony, the security guard, stops him. After pushing the guard, Brown fights. After a minute, the guard releases Brown. The footage shows Brown leaving then turning back and approaching the guard, who shoots him.

The district attorney said Brown was transgender.

Anthony told police what happened after Brown left in his videotaped interview.

“She turned around and advanced toward me,” he continued, mispronouncing Brown.

“And I didn’t know what she was planning on doing, but, uh… turns out her intention was to… try to spit at me and by that reaction by her turning around and advancing towards me… that’s when I lifted it (motions with hands) and shot once.”

San Francisco rallies about crime, poverty, and homelessness have followed the homicide and lack of prosecution.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, San Francisco has lost middle-class citizens, and brazen property crimes and public drug usage have produced a sense of chaos, the “What happened to San Francisco?” program showed.

In 2021, a suspect casually removed things from shelves, threw them into a black bag, and left the store, brushing past the security guard and several spectators. A Walgreens CEO claimed earlier this year that “maybe we cried too much” about this “blatant retail theft” at its locations.

Last year’s reaction recalled progressive prosecutor Chesa Boudin by 55%. Jenkins was named his successor and promised to “restore accountability and consequences to our criminal justice system” and “take back our streets.”

John Burris, Brown’s family’s attorney, said he will sue soon.

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“I believe this shooting death was unjustified,” he told.

“The father and mother are very disturbed that no prosecution has taken place, and they would like the matter sent to the attorney general’s office for review.”

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin requested the state attorney general and US Department of Justice probe the issue.

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