The security officer who shot and killed a possible shoplifter at a Walgreens store in downtown San Francisco last month will not be prosec
On April 27, Michael Anthony and the suspect, Banko Brown, were involved in a shooting incident. The circumstances surrounding the fatal shot were clarified by the district attorney’s office through the release of CCTV footage and a written report. The guard claimed that before to the incident, Brown had threatened to knife him. The guard’s anxiety was justified, according to the authorities, even though no weapon was discovered in Brown’s possession.
According to the report, “The evidence indicates that Brown’s shooting was not a criminal act because Anthony acted in lawful self-defense given the totality of the circumstances, including the threat that Anthony believed and could reasonably believe.” Anthony is thus not legally responsible for Brown’s death.”
John Burris, the family lawyer for Brown, offered a another viewpoint, claiming that the guard’s actions went “way beyond what was reasonable and necessary.” Burris emphasized that stopping someone and employing excessive force that ends in death are two very different things.
Protests in San Francisco over the shooting and the absence of criminal charges have brought attention to larger discussions about the city’s criminal justice system, homelessness, poverty, and crime rates.
Recent years have been difficult for San Francisco due to a migration out of the middle class, problems with property crimes, and problems with drug usage in public areas. The circumstances have prompted more criticism and requests for modifications to the criminal justice system in the city.
According to the district attorney’s report, Banko Brown identifies as transgender, and Anthony, the guard, gave a description of his mental condition at the time of the event. According to the study, self-defense is legitimate in situations where an individual has a reasonable fear of dying or suffering severe physical damage.
John Burris, the attorney representing Brown’s family, intends to pursue a lawsuit in the matter even though the district attorney’s report had no evidence to refute Anthony’s concern. He stated that he thought the shooting was unnecessary and that he planned to take more legal action.
The Board of Supervisors in San Francisco The US Department of Justice and the state attorney general have been asked to evaluate the matter by President Aaron Peskin. He stressed his worries about Brown being unarmed and outside the shop, as well as the distance between the two people engaged in the event.
Following the event, Walgreens expressed its commitment to patient, customer, and team member safety while extending its sympathies to Brown’s family. The corporation made it clear that any kind of violence would not be accepted in its establishments and that it is working with the local authorities on the issue.