SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are calling for an outside review of the evidence in the shooting of Banko Brown.
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Brown was shot and killed by a San Francisco Walgreens security guard in April. The guard, Michael Earl-Wayne Anthony, engaged in a scuffle with Brown, who was suspected of shoplifting, and fired a single shot.
In a report published Monday, the San Francisco District Attorney's Office released surveillance footage of the confrontation. DA Brooke Jenkin declined to file charges against Anthony, citing self-defense, which prompted outrage among Brown's family members and supporters.
Democratic State Senator Scott Wiener said he "respect(s) the criminal process in San Francisco and the district attorney and the difficult choices she has to make every day, but a lack of any criminal responsibility for this shooting makes no sense."
SF Mayor London Breed said she would welcome Rob Bonta, the Attorney General of California, to review the case.
"My hope is to make sure that there's full transparency and that we get the kind of accountability in any case that will serve to help the public and the family understand," Breed said.
"It's a real tragedy, but at the end of the day I think that the district attorney did everything she could to look at the evidence and make a decision based on what the evidence demonstrated," the mayor added.
Police Chief Bill Scott said he supports the system and the process and said the decision on filing charges should not be based on politics.
"It should not be based on a mentality of popularity or the big loud voice gets to be the deciding factor," he said.
Brown was a Black trans man who was believed to be homeless.
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