TDoR 2023 / 2023 / April / 27 / Banko Paso/Banko Brown

Banko Paso/Banko Brown

Age 24

27 Apr 2023
San Francisco, California (USA)

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Banko Paso/Banko Brown
Banko Paso/Banko Brown [photo:]

Banko was shot and killed by an armed security officer at Walgreens in San Francisco. He had been involved with the nonprofit Young Women's Freedom Centre since he was 12.

Police arrested the security guard before releasing him without charge. When the video of the confrontation in which Banko died was released. the refusal to bring charges caused a public outcry.

Banko Brown, a 24-year-old Black trans man, is the most recent reported victim of anti-trans violence after he was fatally shot by a security guard in a San Francisco Walgreens. Banko used the surnames Brown and Paso.

At approximately 6:33 p.m., SFPD officers from Tenderloin Station responded to a report of a shooting at 825 Market Street near Fourth Street, the SFPD reported. Officers arrived on scene and located a victim – identified as 24-year-old Chynna Brown, who preferred the name Banko Paso – suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers rendered aid and summoned medics to the scene. Paso was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Young Women’s Freedom Center, a San Francisco nonprofit that provides support for young women and trans youth of all genders, identified Banko as a community organizing intern for the nonprofit. He had been involved with the organization since he was just 12 years old and was currently serving as a community organizing intern. His work involves street assessments of folx during the pandemis.

Julia Arroyo, co-executive director of the Young Women’s Freedom Center, said. “He reached my heart. He really did reach my heart. He was so funny and he was bold too, he knew what he was striving for.”

The organization set up a crowdfund for Banko’s funeral expenses. It reads, in part:

Banko had also struggled with housing instability for over a decade. He worked tirelessly, making consistent calls for shelter and other basic needs. Still, instead of receiving the support he needed, at every turn, there were obstacles and endless hoops to jump through. He was criminalized and lost his life trying to survive.

Banko has been repeatedly misgendered by media. The same media that’s debating the issue of shoplifting as an epidemic rather than examining the reasons people turn to shoplifting. Or the epidemic of violence decimating the trans community. One person interviewed said the guard was probably “overwhelmed” which I think is a staffing/personnel issue, not a reason to shoot anyone.

The problem isn’t shoplifting, no matter the cost to the economy. The cost of young people entering adulthood without housing or adequate resources to meet their daily needs is much greater for our economy. The cost of killing shoplifters is inconceivable.

The point is not how to curb shoplifting without resorting to lethal force – that should be a given – but how to reduce the reality that young people feel a need to shoplift for survival.

“We need immediate funding for community-based housing that responds to what young people want for themselves. Instead of terrorizing and killing youth, we need real investment into their safety.”

According to his social media profile, Banko was interested in Eastern spirituality. He was looking forward to the next Olympics. These are things we should be celebrating about this young man – his service to the community, his efforts to save himself, his interests and passions. He shared some intensely personal and painful feelings about his family of origin, including his deep devotion to his beloved grandmother, raging that she had no headstone. I hope someone makes sure Banko and his grandmother have a headstone. That’s the very least we can do. Honor his wish.

In July 2023 the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services fined Anthony $1,500 and his employer $5,000.

A state agency has fined the former Walgreens security guard and the private security company he worked for in connection with the fatal shooting of Banko Brown, an unarmed Black trans man, earlier this year.

The California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, part of the Department of Consumer Affairs, fined former security guard Michael Earl Wayne Anthony $1,500 on July 24 for having a concealed weapon and not wearing a security badge. The fine was not for killing Brown, 24, on April 27.

Kingdom Group Protective Services was fined $5,000.

Report added: 15 May 2023. Last updated: 9 Nov 2023

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