Man Shot to Death by Police at My Apartment Complex in Walnut Creek, CA

This happened a couple days ago. A man described as gentle and quiet was shot to death following a 911 call at 3 AM. They still won’t say what weapon he was brandishing or how many cops were involved. A couple different reporters tried to get my side of the story, but I honestly heard nothing and knew nothing. According to our apartment manager, a lot of people are saying they didn’t even hear gunshots fired so it’s a mystery what exactly happened. The general consensus is that he didn’t need to be shot to death.

According to the WaluntCreek Patch:

Anthony Banta Jr. Source: WalnutCreek Patch

What happened?

That is the basic question being asked by the family of Anthony Banta Jr.

The 22-year-old was shot to death early Thursday morning by Walnut Creek police officers who responded to a 9-1-1 call about a loud disturbance at the Creekside Drive apartment where Banta lived.

Family members are distraught and perplexed.

What, they ask, caused Banta to wake up screaming in the middle of the night and attack his roommate?

Why, they ask, did police use lethal force when Banta was armed with only a knife?

“We are devastated. Our hearts have been ripped out,” said Brett Grainger, Banta’s grandfather.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.

The coroner’s office completed an autopsy Friday, but a spokesman said  findings won’t be released for several weeks.

Grainger, whose daughter is Banta’s mother, said Banta had cooked dinner for his roommate and the roommate’s girlfriend on Wednesday evening.

Nothing seemed unusual, Grainger said, until Banta woke up screaming in the middle of the night. Grainger said Banta didn’t know who he was and started choking his roommate when the roommate tried to calm him down.

Grainger said the roommate’s girlfriend called 9-1-1. Police say they received that call about 3:15 a.m. and could hear someone yelling in the background.

Officers arrived minutes later. Grainger said Banta picked up a knife when police came into the apartment. The officers yelled for him to put down the weapon. When Banta didn’t, Grainger said they shot him.

“Did they have to use lethal force?” asked Grainger. “Could they have used a taser or thrown a table or chair against the wall and subdued him? No one in the world deserves to die like this.”

Read entire article here.

I am disgusted at yet another example of excessive police force and general bullying of the public instead of being the said protectors they claim to be.

Editor’s Note:
The person who submitted this post asked to remain anonymous because they live in the same apartment complex. If you have a police encounter you’d like to share with CopBlock.org readers simply click here. Sadly, stories of police officers using deadly force before attempting any other sort of assistance is all too common here at CopBlock.org. IMO (Ademo), this is due to the heavy double standard that exists in policing today. The cop(s) who shot Anthony are now on paid leave, under investigation by fellow cops and simply have to say they were scared for their lives to be free of this crime. Had Anthony’s roommate, the one who was being choked, shot Anthony – in self defense – the police would have, at a bare minimum, detained him for questioning at the police station. Most likely, though, had Anthony been shot by his roommate, the police would have charged him with some degree of murder/manslaughter and let the justice system figure the rest out. That is not the case when the killers are police and that’s why policing should be privatized. 

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