The San Francisco district attorney’s office on Monday, May 15, revealed shocking CCTV footage that captured the moment a Walgreens security guard fatally shot an alleged shoplifter.
District Attorney Brooke Jenkins made the video public as evidence for her decision not to press charges against security officer Michael Earl-Wayne Anthony in the death of Banko Brown, 24, on April 27.
Jenkins claimed that when Anthony shot Brown at a Walgreens in downtown San Francisco, he was acting in self-defense.
The video shows Anthony, a qualified security guard since 2012, intervene to stop Brown from leaving the store with a bag of merchandise before Anthony started punching Brown repeatedly.
After a brief fight, Anthony placed Brown in a chokehold and knocked him to the ground where they remained for a short while as passersby nonchalantly passed them.
The alleged thief scooped up the bag and headed for the door after the security guard eventually let Brown to leave, according to the video.
On his way out, Brown turned around and appeared to approach Anthony. Anthony then raised his gun and shot Brown once.
In a police interview, Anthony said that he had told Brown to put the items back and that Brown had been the one who battled to keep them.
The security officer informed police that while the two were fighting, Brown repeatedly threatened to stab him after being instructed to calm down.
Anthony claimed that even though he let go of Brown, he still pulled his gun and pointed it down in case Brown charged at him. He said that he fired at Brown when the assailant moved to charge at him, recognizing too late that Brown would only spit at him.
Interestingly, Brown had no knife on him at all, but according to Jenkins, the security guard shot Bank in self-defense after being stabbed in the threat.
Jenkins said there was nothing to rebuke Anthony’s claim of self-defense and urged residents to not only rely on the video of the shooting to form their opinion.
“There will be a temptation, as human beings, to only view the video footage of this incident and nothing else,” Jenkins said. “We are accustomed to seeing videos online, and that often is what captures our attention rather than going the extra step to look deeper.”
She said it was important for people to also review witness and police reports rather than just rely on the footage that had no sound.
Protests erupted in the streets of San Francisco on Monday, May 15 over the lack of prosecution as Brooke discharged the case.
Supervisor Shamann Walton said in a statement Banko was “executed.”
“Where is the perceived threat?” Walton said.
The non-profit organization that Brown, a trans man who struggled with homelessness, worked at also slammed Jenkins.
“We do not need to see the video to know that Banko Brown’s killing was unjustified. Armed force is not a justified response to poverty,” said Julia Arroyo, the Young Women’s Freedom Center co-executive director, in a statement Monday.
“We must live with the sobering reality that he was killed for no other cause but $14.”
Watch the video below;
WATCH: In a recorded police interview, Walgreens security guard Michael Earl-Wayne Anthony discusses how he remembers the fatal shooting of Banko Brown unfolding.
The video is part of a trove of evidence and video footage related to the killing that was released by SF DA… pic.twitter.com/XX4x407ewZ
— The San Francisco Standard (@sfstandard) May 16, 2023
WATCH: Newly-released surveillance footage from SF DA @BrookeJenkinsSF's office shows Banko Brown’s last moments before he was shot and killed at a Downtown SF Walgreens in April.
The video appears to show Brown walking with a bag in hand toward the store’s exit when the… pic.twitter.com/m7tNK9H4Ki
— The San Francisco Standard (@sfstandard) May 15, 2023