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San Francisco DA releases graphic footage of Walgreens security guard shooting trans shoplifter

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The San Francisco DA released graphic images of a Walgreens security guard shooting down a transgender shoplifter – and said it would not charge him because he was in ‘life danger’.

Michael Earl-Wayne Anthony, 33, was working at the downtown pharmacy on April 27 when he shot 24-year-old Banko Brown. A murder charge against Anthony was dropped after the prosecutor ruled the killing was self-defense.

Graphic surveillance footage released on Monday shows Brown holding a bag as he walks out of the store. Anthony gets in his way, confronts him about allegedly stealing from the store, which leads to a fight before Brown is shot.

His death sparked outrage across the Bay Area, but despite Anthony’s pleas for charges, DA Brooke Jenkins’ office announced on Monday that it would not.

Graphic surveillance footage released on Monday appears to show Brown holding a bag as he walks out of the store. Anthony gets in his way, confronts him

Recently released video shows the moment a Walgreens security guard shot and killed Banko Brown (pictured), but the San Francisco prosecutor refused to charge him

Recently released video shows the moment a Walgreens security guard shot and killed Banko Brown (pictured), but the San Francisco prosecutor refused to charge him

Surveillance footage shows Brown wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweatpants, walking out of the store, as the confrontation and scuffle between him and the security guard unfolds.

Anthony is able to pin Brown to the ground, but then lets him go and Brown walks out of the store, still holding his bag. More words are exchanged, and then Brown appears to move forward slightly with his arms outstretched, then steps back just as Anthony shoots him.

Brown collapses on the sidewalk in front of the store and a crowd of people gather around him. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Anthony was initially arrested on suspicion of murder the day after the shooting, but was later released without charge after District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said Anthony was in “life danger” and “acted in a lawful state.” defense”.

In the report released on Monday, the DA cited “insufficient evidence” that his actions amounted to a charge of murder or manslaughter. Instead, the evidence showed Anthony was “honestly scared,” the prosecutor’s office said.

His death sparked outrage across the Bay Area, but despite numerous requests to charge Anthony, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins' office said Monday it would not charge him.

His death sparked outrage across the Bay Area, but despite numerous requests to charge Anthony, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins’ office said Monday it would not charge him.

Surveillance footage shows Brown wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweatpants, walking out of the store, as the confrontation and scuffle between him and the security guard unfolds.

Surveillance footage shows Brown wearing a white t-shirt and gray sweatpants, walking out of the store, as the confrontation and scuffle between him and the security guard unfolds.

Brown and Anthony are in a violent fight before Brown is fatally shot

Brown and Anthony are in a violent fight before Brown is fatally shot

Anthony is able to pin Brown to the ground, but then lets him go and Brown walks out of the store, still holding his bag

Anthony is able to pin Brown to the ground, but then lets him go and Brown walks out of the store, still holding his bag

.More words are exchanged, and then Brown seems to step forward slightly with his arms, then back up just as Anthony shoots him.  He collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the store

.More words are exchanged, and then Brown seems to step forward slightly with his arms, then back up just as Anthony shoots him. He collapsed on the sidewalk in front of the store

“All of this evidence strongly suggests that Anthony shooting Brown in self-defense was objectively reasonable,” the bureau’s report said.

The report also notes that Anthony claimed that Brown repeatedly threatened to stab him. However, investigators found no knives at the scene or on Brown, the SF chronicle reported.

Demonstrations had already started following the decision to drop charges against Anthony last week and at a meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, activists held up signs reading “Justice for Banko Brown”.

A protester, who identified herself as Lia McGeever, let out a cry at the death of Brown, who was homeless and an intern at the Young Women’s Freedom Center.

She said: “I hate a lot of people on this board for the reasons that led to Banko Brown’s death.

Attendees light candles in honor of Brown at a vigil

Attendees light candles in honor of Brown at a vigil

Floral tributes and candles left in memory of Banko

Floral tributes and candles left in memory of Banko

Speaking to the San Francisco Standard, Anthony said: ‘[I’m] still dealing with it, still don’t understand and don’t have time to think.

“It’s not like I’ve been through this multiple times. This is a truly life changing question.

Anthony highlighted the pressure security guards face during these types of confrontations, saying: “It’s important that more people are aware of this,” he said. It happened too often.

“It’s a lot to deal with. It’s a lot of pressure. A person can only take so much. When you’re limited to certain options, something happens.

‘Who’s got my back? Person. You find yourself without any support. It’s a scary feeling with a lot of people around you.

Last week, a group of community activists gathered outside the Walgreens in downtown San Francisco for a vigil in honor of Brown.

Pictured: Protesters at Monday's vigil

Pictured: Protesters at Monday’s vigil

Floral tributes and candles were left in Brown’s memory, with the city’s Young Women’s Freedom Center organizing it.

In a social media post, they said: “Our community stands together in the face of tragedy.

“At times like these, we stand up for each other and fight for our parents, especially our siblings who are taken from us far too soon.

“Thank you to every voice that spoke, to every foot that walked and to every fist raised in solidarity.”

It comes after a number of major chains announced they would close their stores in San Francisco due to soaring crime figures.

Retailers like Nordstrom, Whole Foods, Office Depot and Anthropologie have all announced they will be closing stores in the city.

Nordstrom stores manager Jamie Nordstrom blamed the state of San Francisco in recent years for reducing foot traffic “and our ability to operate successfully.”

Remaining stores like Target have been reduced to enclosing all their stock behind glass to deter shoplifters.

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