Activists Take Credit for Ingleside Walgreens Window Smashing

The store’s five large windows were smashed overnight on the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Activists Take Credit for Ingleside Walgreens Window Smashing
The Walgreens on Ingleside's stretch of Ocean Avenue had all of its windows smashed. | Anne Marie Kristoff/Ingleside Light

Five large facade windows of Ingleside’s Walgreens were smashed overnight on Nov. 20, and a post on a community news website claims the vandalism was in remembrance of a man killed by a San Francisco Walgreens security guard in April.

A user with the handle “Avenge Banko” posted to the regional independent community website IndyBay on Nov. 20 that the windows were smashed on the Transgender Day of Remembrance for Banko Brown.

“Banko Brown is never coming back, but evicting Walgreens is something we can do together,” the post states. “Avenge Banko Brown!”

Brown, a 24-year-old Black trans man, was shot at a Downtown Walgreens by security guard Michael Earl Anthony after allegedly shoplifting and threatening Anthony's life.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins declined to charge Anthony in May, citing a lack of sufficient evidence.

Walgreens did not respond to an interview request.

The crime blotter of San Francisco Police Department’s Taraval Station notes vandalism on the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue at 1:08 a.m. on Nov. 20. An officer at Taraval Station said the incident was under investigation.

The Walgreens location is operating normal business hours with its windows covered by plywood.

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