SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Banko Brown’s family attorney has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walgreens, the security guard involved in the shooting, as well as the company at which the security guard is employed Friday.
Attorney Burris said he would file a $25 million lawsuit against the company, security guard Michael Earl-Wayne Anthony and his employer.
“So we filed this lawsuit against the three of them, we made a claim over $25 million. And that relatively high number, I wouldn’t say the highest number, but that’s also the message that must be sent,” he said. .
Brown was fatally shot by a Walgreens security guard last month after allegedly shoplifting.
“This value of human life cannot be diminished because of their position in life and who they are. This is a 24-year-old, whose life was needlessly taken, as a result that Walgreens did,” Burris said.
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Thursday was an emotional day for those close to Banko Brown.
Many attended for his memorial service at the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco.
Some have already protested after DA Brooke Jenkins decided not to press charges against the security guard who shot and killed Brown at a Walgreens.
The guard fired after saying Brown lunged at him fearing he was stabbed.
Brown turned out to be disarmed.
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This week, the California attorney general’s office announced it would review the case.
“I am serving a wrongful death lawsuit alleging that his life was wrongfully taken,” attorney John Burris said Thursday at Brown’s memorial service. “I think we are able to show that Walgreens, security company and security guard are in fact at fault.”
“I just want justice. I don’t care about the money. I just want justice,” Terry Brown, Banko’s father, told the service.
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Cries erupted during the memorial service during a speech by the Reverend Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP.
It’s unclear what was said, but Brown’s mother-in-law told everyone to calm down and things were back to normal within 10 minutes.
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