California Attorney General rules prosecutor did not abuse discretion in not filing charges against security guard

California Attorney General Rob Bonta reviewed Banko Brown's shooting death case in 2023 and concluded that the San Francisco District Attorney's Office did not abuse its discretion when it decided not to charge the security guard who shot Brown at Walgreens.

On April 27, 2023, Brown was shot by a security guard, Michael Anthony, at a Walgreens store on Market Street during an altercation in which Brown was alleged to have shoplifted.

Bonta wrote in a June 4 letter to prominent civil rights attorney John Burris that District Attorney Brooke Jenkins' office did not believe a prosecution would result in a conviction. Burris had filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Brown's family.

Bonta said his office had “carefully reviewed the investigative materials related to the shooting,” as well as other submissions from Burris.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors also received a letter from the state's attorney general on June 4 in response to the board's request to the attorney general's office to investigate Brown's death.

Bonta concluded that “no criminal charges should be filed against Mr. Anthony.”

Following prosecutors' decision not to file charges against the security guard, Walgreens severed its business relationship with Kingdom Group Protective Services, a Manteca-based security company.

Anthony was fined $1,500 for violations related to the fatal shooting.

Brown's death sparked public outcry as many felt it was a senseless killing, with hundreds of activists gathering on Market Street to protest the shooting.

At the time of his death, friends said Brown was a trans man and active social worker who had struggled with housing shortages for more than a decade.

Anna Harden

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