Authorities Identify Man Killed by Police in Walnut Creek on Thursday Morning

December 27, 2012 22:30 pm · 101 comments

Authorities on Thursday night identified the man shot and killed on Creekside Drive in Walnut Creek.

The man, 22-year-old Anthony Banta Jr. of Walnut Creek, died after being shot by police at 3:15am, just a few minutes after the Walnut Creek Police Department received a 911 call via transfer from the Contra Costa County Fire Department. Screaming could be heard in the background during that call. Officers were immediately sent to 1450 Creekside Drive and arrived within minutes.

Officers confronted Banta, who was allegedly armed, inside an apartment at the complex and were forced to shoot him, according to police.

Banta was pronounced deceased at the scene.

MDF bus driver December 27, 2012 at 11:09 PM

“was allegedly armed” that means he was armend with a knife, not a gun-otherwise a firearm would have been mention.

Jorge December 27, 2012 at 11:11 PM

No one forced the police to shoot Banta… it was a choice the officer made… and now he has to live with the consequences.

Has anyone else noticed that the WCPD will not release what Banta was supposedly armed with? They’re now seemingly backtracking by saying he ‘threatened’ police.

stewie December 27, 2012 at 11:34 PM

After the Officer Youngstrom shooting, I can imagine no officer is taking chances
with someone who is going psychotic. Would you?

Justice December 27, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Why aren’t the police officers interrogated like suspects for 15 hours to see if they are telling the truth?

Why lethal force? Why not rubber bullets or tazer gun?

Doesn’t add up

PH Dad December 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM

Couple of nice mug shots from arrests in Oregon. Looks like meth claims another one.

MDF bus driver December 28, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Wasn’t a DV dispute, it was a little kid who worked as a hair dresser.. Perhaps, it was a pair of sizers vs a knife? Having worked in law enforcement, I can tell you that it “looks good on an officers resume” to have shot and killed someone while on duty.

Duck December 28, 2012 at 1:35 AM

MDF’er “Having worked in law enforcement, I can tell you that it “looks good on an officers resume” to have shot and killed someone while on duty.”

What a tool !
Did you clean the locker rooms ?

old concord December 28, 2012 at 2:35 AM

It’s crazy! In 62 years I’ve never seen this big up swing in police officer involved shottings. Now we have a new law in Concord that took me from being a credit to the community to an outlaw. I”m so mad. It’s bad when you have a gun,a tazzer, a club and gas, But out comes the gun.

Don't Censor Me Bro December 28, 2012 at 3:27 AM

@Jorge #3. Sorry you are having trouble comprehending legal issues, when you have limited information.

kilo December 28, 2012 at 5:37 AM

At #7-

You’re an idiot. No one wants to make that decision. No one does it for a resume or for a career. The stress over morality and the civil liability that officer is facing is something most cannot imagine.

None of us were there and speculating on what happened does no one any good. It doesn’t help the victim nor does it help the officer who had to make a terrible decision.

So far we know the man was a hair dresser. We do not know if he suffered from mental illness or drug addiction. We do not know if he had injured someone or if he was perhaps suicidal and did something to force officers to shoot him. At this point let detectives and DA investigators sort it out.

WCPD has no track record of use of force abuse and this is its first OIS in over a decade. I believe the last was at Good Guys. If it seems like they’re being secretive I have feeling part of that is due to inexperience of command staff dealing with this type of press release. They are not well practiced at it.

Parsnip December 28, 2012 at 6:30 AM

@#7 — “A little kid”?? “Kids” do the darndest things.

Just ask the survivors of little kid Adam Lanza.

Goonie 4 life December 28, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Another scumbag off the streets! Nice work Walnut Creek PD.

@ MDF Bus Driver December 28, 2012 at 7:10 AM

I cannot believe that you truly believe that it “looks good on an officers resume to have shot and killed someone while on duty.” As a current LEO, I hope that I NEVER have to shoot anyone. I may have to, and those are consequences that I will have to deal with if that situation occurs.

Maybe you need to stick to being a turn key. No disrespect intended to the decent S/O Deputies out there.

Carlos December 28, 2012 at 7:28 AM

@MDF Bus Driver Good call. Probably a pair of scissors in one hand and a hair iron (plugged in) in the other. Two hairdresser utensils would justify two WCPD cops opening fire.

anonymous December 28, 2012 at 7:34 AM

What part of, “drop the weapon and put your hands where we can see them” do you think he didn’t understand???

Horse'n Around December 28, 2012 at 8:02 AM

People, please don’t respond to MDF Bus driver. He/She is just a Troll.

DoReMi December 28, 2012 at 8:08 AM

@ #9 old concord:

Yes, it’s crazy. Things have changed radically since when we were kids. First off, You and I would never have brandished a weapon at a cop.
What ticks me off is, thugs, felons gang bangers and dopers using guns. THEY are what is ruining the reputations of a docile citizenry.

Parsnip December 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

@Carols — do you also think this “kid” left the lights on for them to make any observation at 3:00 in the morning? Or does he go pointing curling irons in the dark?

Anon December 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM

@ 5
They are interrogated, maybe even more then civilians. Rubber bullets? Really? “Mrs Officers wife he died defending what was right, protecting those who arent strong enough to protect themselves. But he really didnt stand a chance using rubber bullets vs real ones”. Your an idiot, pretty easy to critique from your god damn computer chair isnt it. Google Sergeant Paul Starzyk and Officer Larry Lasater for reminders on why cops dont take chances with some freak with a weapon that wont comply.

Carlos December 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM

I wonder how many fire stations we could’ve kept open with the amount of money these officers will be paid for not working and for the legal fees and settlement associated with the civil suit.

Thankful December 28, 2012 at 8:33 AM

I live in this complex and am very thankful to the WC police. It is irresponsible for anyone to make negative comments towards law enforcement when you weren’t here. There are many families with young children in this complex and I’m just glad that this didn’t happen during the day. Wc police were called to the scene for a reason….like a previous person said…they don’t have a history of excessive force. I realize now how much the media sensationalizes stories when they have zero information.

anonokat December 28, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I have no kinowledge of the incident, but I have no doubt that WCPD will investigate and if there was any wrongdoing with the officer, they will handle it properly. I honor and respect law enforcement and WCPD. Officers have to make split second decisions on a daily basis. I cannot even imagine being an officer and seeing what they deal with.

Cowellian December 28, 2012 at 8:38 AM

What part of, “drop the weapon and put your hands where we can see them” do you think he didn’t understand???

Some people are naturally slow learners.

brooke530 December 28, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Anthony I love you and will miss you!
I still don’t understand what happened fully..
WHY YOU?! ..doesn’t make sense at alll

Are you the same Bus Driver December 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

@ #7 MDF…

Are you the SAME MDF Bus Driver who said he was going to beat the *** out of someone at his gym for some dumb reason I forgot? Outright challenged the person to fight?

NO COP ever “wants” to shoot anyone. So if a cop did, what next? Hey, I’m gonna apply to XYZ Police Dept. because they are looking for some I qualify. NOT.

You should be careful what you post on the internet…..some of the people who visit Claycord have stars and bars.

Nikki P December 28, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Assuming alcohol was involved since it usually is…..a drunk man with a knife, ice pick, hammer whatever is extremely dangerous. I find it funny that police officers are judged for situations like these when the majority of the time the “little things” they do day in and day are never recognized.

I wouldn't last one week as a Cop... December 28, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I would exterminate the first Peuking Maggot who gave me any crap.

cornfed December 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM


What a turd. If “was allegedly armed” means something nefarious, then what does “having worked in law enforcement mean”? Those who really work in law enforcement know that MDF refers to Martinez Detention Facility. What was your “law enforcement” position there?

Anon LE Recruit December 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM


Are you the same Bus Driver: “You should be careful what you post on the internet…..some of the people who visit Claycord have stars and bars.”

MDF bus driver: “Gulp”

ItsAnInsideJob December 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Why shoot to kill? Walnut Creek police officer unable to aim and shoot to disable? Sad and unnecessary — a living perp is evidence. A dead one, not so much.

Connie Dobbs December 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

“Having worked in law enforcement, I can tell you that it “looks good on an officers resume” to have shot and killed someone while on duty.”

How long have you worked for BART?

Ridiculous December 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Just curious, what does becareful some people on here have bars & stripes? Certainly the gun lovers should also recognize the freedom of speech amendment)? Or doesn’t that apply when you someone has stars, & stripes and a badge? That sounded to me like intimidation or a threat, just saying.
I support law enforcement 100%, but don’t go all Barney Fife on people.

skywalker December 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Here is what a LOT of people here just can’t seem to comprehend. If you don’t put yourself in a position to be confronted by police (ie: domestic abuse, which is an illegal and VIOLENT crime) then you won’t have to deal with the possible repercussions of Police determining in a matter of SECONDS whether or not their life is in danger!! It’s amazing how many people are so ignorant to say “why couldn’t they tase him or shoot him with rubber bullets?”…well why couldn’t this Anthony guy just not beat his wife?! Tasing someone takes BOTH prongs landing in your upper body to be effective! And if one prong misses then guess what, it’s too late and the Officer wouldn’t have time to pull out his gun to save his own life. Let’s weigh the values here…You also don’t know what the suspects movements were, even if he did have a knife and lunged at Police, OR pulled something really quickly out of his pocket, they aren’t going to take a chance! That’s why they command you to do everything “slowly.” It’s pretty ridiculous how many people will defend a criminal over a Police officer without even knowing the facts….

Anon December 28, 2012 at 11:56 AM

@ 31
Obvious troll

Don't Censor Me Bro December 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM

People, people people; what is so difficult about making split second, use of force decisions that involve life or death affecting multiple humans?

Anyone can do it right??? {{{{{ sarcasm off }}}}}

For a real lesson read some SCOTUS cases on the issue(s).

ItsAnInsideJob December 28, 2012 at 12:51 PM

@35 Obvious idiot.

Mandatory Suicide December 28, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Sprechen zie espanol?…… BANG!

Anon December 28, 2012 at 2:25 PM

@ 33
The OP was implying that he has experience working in the CCCSO and that having killed someone in the line of duty looks good on an LEO resume.

The poster that made the comment about having stars and bars was commenting on how innaccurate of a comment that is and that the OP should probably speak as if he was standing right in front of his boss. Reason being many of the readers/posters here are LE with quite a bit of rank over a bus driver and dont appreciate making LE look like a club full of cowboys.

Friend December 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Anthony was single, not married. Is kind and caring and no one I know had anything negative to say. For the record being “allegedly armed” could mean he had a can opener in his hand. Cops get scared, don’t know what situation they’re getting into and when one fires the other one generally does too. I don’t think they needed to unload ten bullets in a guy who’s like 5’6 150 lbs. we all want answers but you’re no better than the media by adding random crap about your imagined perp. He had a family, friends and a community that cared about him. Let the independent investigation do its thing. – a friend of Anthony

Why challange Police Officers? Did he want this to happen? December 28, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Why would he challenge a police officer?

Always a bad idea!

I am quite sure that the shooting was justified!

What a waste if he had only listened!

Kind of makes you think… DID HE WANT THIS TO HAPPEN?

The bottom line is… I hope that in this case the apple has fallen far from the tree and the family realizes what a stupid kid they had and goes over and apologizes to the officers for ruining there Christmas!

Question.. How can you feel sorry for a person who is such a trouble maker. (I will go out on a limb here and say he has most likely ben a trouble maker for a while!)

I feel bad for those officers…. They are doing a “GREAT” job.

Thank you very much

Ash530 December 28, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Anthony your an amazing soul and will forever be missed Rip. None of this makes sense. Taken far to young 🙁

WOW SOME OF YOU WATCH TO MUCH TV!!!!! December 28, 2012 at 3:10 PM

You try to sound like you know what to say but you sound dumb.


Maybe you are just angry and maybe you will be the next one to go off!

In that case “GET HELP”

Things are not that bad and are getting a lot better!

Stop watching TV and go help someone or do something productive you would be surprised how good you will feel.



Jeff December 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM


No offense, but you’re calling someone an idiot and quite frankly – you’re wrong in your assumptions.

In a life/death situation, you don’t shoot to wound. You shoot for center mass. That is what every single gun owner and/or cop trains for. You don’t have the ability nor time to be able to pick out a target like that – while it may occur in movies, in real life you aim for the center of your target and you keep shooting until the threat is mitigated.

That being said, we don’t know all the facts yet. Until we do, I will reserve any judgement. But to say that he should have “shot to wound” someone is a pretty dumb statement. If you’re in a life/death situation, that’s the LAST thing you think of.

Jeff December 28, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I’m sorry, I meant #37 with my last comment….my apologies

ItsAnInsideJob December 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

@Jeff – Truly well trained officers would shoot to disable, not for critical mass, unless they absolutely could determine without reasonable doubt that the perpetrator was armed and capable of inflicting certain deadly force, for their own protection (against lawsuits) and for that of the department. Media, Claycord, all of us are guilty of inciting folks to immediate and often irrationally violent responses, including police officers, through the fallacy of imminent danger. We’ll see when more details are forthcoming, but with the recent increasing trend of officer-involved shootings, if this assailant was not armed with a lethal weapon (defined as a gun or other firearm), the WCPD should be ready to defend itself in a very costly and embarrassing lawsuit. Just for the record, Jeff, I have been in life and death situations, and your assumptions are wrong — the LAST thing I would think of is killing someone; the first is disabling or disarming so that we can both live to testify. Please do not speak for others, and especially out of fear, paranoia and weakness. Thank you.

@ MDF bus driver December 28, 2012 at 3:39 PM

You are an idiot. What you say is not true. If by your title you mean to imply that you drive a transpiration vehicle for the Martinez Detention Facility then it had to be in the capacity of some sort of lackey or technician and most certainly not as a deputy sheriff. You probably wanted to be a law enforcement officer but your asinine responses here show why you never passed the test!

@ Friend December 28, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Cops get scared and fire? You make it sound like it happens all the time. You are an idiot. You have no idea what a law enforcement officer deals with all the time. If cops got scared and fired at every little thing they thought would possibly get them killed then you would have multiple officer shootings every single day! It is actually rare that an officer has to use his service weapon but you only judge by what happened to your friend or what few occurrences the media reports. If you looked at the statistics of every call for police service and every encounter an officer makes with a suspect, parollee, criminal, dirtbag, domestic hothead, etc, compared to how many times they had to eliminate the threat for their safety and that if others, you would understand just how rare this kind of thing happens. Oh well….good thing your “friend” didn’t snap on you and you weren’t the one calling 911 with blood curdling screams for help to be saved from him!

Cowellian December 28, 2012 at 4:08 PM

A center mass shot is usually fairly disabling.

And the police department doesn’t have to prove that he actually had a lethal weapon, just that they had reasonable belief that he did. Pointing a toy gun at a cop will get you dead in a hurry.

I Support Cops December 28, 2012 at 4:14 PM

@ ItsAnInsideJob
“Truly well trained officers would shoot to disable, not for critical mass”
You sir have no clue what your talking about, in the police academy officers are specifically trained to shoot to kill. If you are in a situation that calls for the discharge of your weapon it should never be to wing the threat, it is to stop the threat indefinately.

“if this assailant was not armed with a lethal weapon (defined as a gun or other firearm)”
The definition of lethal here for you –
How many hits in the head can you take from a baseball bat? Axe? Hockey stick? Hammer? Honda Civic? Tree branch? I could go on and on, but im grateful for the opportunity to educate you on what a lethal weapon is.. could be anything, depends on the intention of the wielder.


ItsAnInsideJob December 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Here is a picture – and news item from ABC (He is carrying scissors — does that count as a deadly weapon? Running with scissors!!! ) Laura Anthony ‏@LauraAnthony7 – Friends remember stylist Anthony Banta tonight on ABC7 News at 5. WC police chief defends officers’ shooting of Banta.

Jeff December 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM


I completely disagree. I have been in a life and death situation where I DIDN’T have to shoot – thankfully – but had there been no choice, I would have shot center mass. Most cops would do the same. And almost every trainer in the world will tell you the same thing. Most people don’t react well under pressure and go back to the simplest and easist target to hit.

Sorry, bucko, but cowboys on TV shoot for someone’s knee, hand, etc. What you have stated is not realistic.

In a life and death situation (assuming this WAS one) where a perp comes at you with a weapon, or points a firearm at you, you are NOT going to take the time to shoot for his gun hand or to injure. You are shooting to protect your own life.

Now, in a circumstance where deadly force is not certain, then sure – a well trained officer could theoretically shoot to injure. But that is a rarity, and requires an extremely good and consistent shooter to pull it off.

Let’s take a look at the officer who was shot on 680, Kenyon Youngstrom. His partner didn’t shoot to wound. He opened up six shots to defend the life of his partner, and unfortunately was too late. But he put the subject down. In a life and death situation, that’s exactly the type of force necessary. You can’t make the determination of “can I disable him” when a firearm is pointed at you. You shoot for the biggest target and hope he doesn’t get you first.

It is the last thing anyone wants to do – to shoot another human being – but if my life is truly threatened and there IS NO OTHER WAY, I will shoot center mass, each time, every time, a result of the training I have received. Shooting a perp in the arm is not going to stop him from picking that gun up with his other hand and firing back. Shooting him through the chest will.

Jeff December 28, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Center mass is the best way to stop an advancing threat to your life. Period.

I don’t care if he had scissors or not. There is no time when someone is rushing at you with a weapon, intent on doing you harm, to shoot for the knee.

Training kicks in, and you defend your life. Fight of flight, not flight or injure.

Jeff December 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Well stated, #50. Clearly “Inside Job” has never been through a gun safety or firearms self-defense course, or he would know that you train to put the threat down, not to injure them.

@ItsAnInsideJob # 46 December 28, 2012 at 4:42 PM

“I have been in life and death situations”

That statement is an absolute lie.

You are bereft of acceptable values.

LoriesStories December 28, 2012 at 4:45 PM

FYI–1450 Creekside has a pedophile living there according to Meagan’s Law Website.

It's a bout time December 28, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I rode a long with a concord officer, a couple of years ago. He bragged about a friend of his (who I believe was on the set team) who had shot a killed a suspect while working as a walnut creek officer prior to his carer with concord. He made it seem as if it was cool to be involved in a shooting.

Ajh5150 December 28, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I have heard an officer say, I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. I agree.

ItsAnInsideJob December 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

@Jeff and also #55 – I guess I am just a much better marksman than most then. And to call me a liar #55 (and bereft of values?) — with no knowledge or basis of fact at all. How ironic! I am truly sorry for your weakness. Life must be very difficult for you, living in a state of constant fear and conspiracy. My sympathies to you. If I am ever in a position to protect you, please know that I shall do so, since I can, being well-trained both mentally and physically, calm, calculating and even-tempered regardless of the situation. This is what has saved my life, not weaponry.

a friend of a friend December 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

for those of you assuming Anthony Banta was a scum bag or a criminal in anyway: you didn’t know him… he was the type of person to make many people smile especially a good friend of mine…. all of you are ignorant and pathetic if you think you know more about this situation when you don’t…. you assume you know everything and you don’t… so waste your time elsewhere because all your doing is causing more grief to the people who knew him as the wonderful person he was!

kirk December 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

@Inside job

Why do people like you think the purpose of the police is to tolerate any tirade you can muster? You want to get blown on meth and act out? Sorry you parents don’t work for the police and neither does your 4th grade teacher.

When the cop says “drop it” and you don’t, you just took your life into your hands. It isn’t the cops fault the guy stopped his meds, got drunk, or had too many twinkles.

Anyway how many times are the police supposed to allow a person to stab someone with a pair of scissors? Once, twice, fifteen times? News flash a pair of scissors in your eye socket will kill you just as fast as a bullet, a dagger, or even a sharp stick.

I can see why this scenario bothers you though, you thought you could do anything you wanted in this life and get away with it. You think a statement of “only kidding,” will solve all your problems. Your parents did you a disservice by teaching you that the world is just a big playground where nothing bad can happen. If you were 5 or 6 years old I could understand but I am afraid you are well into your twenties and still where a helmet. Yikes.

Good luck though, I hope you survive you first real encounter with the hard side of life.

@ItsAnInsideJob # 59 December 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You keep on typing, you keep on lying.

Just a troll. A lying, worthless, valueless troll.

I’m done with this slimy sack of waste.

Rick December 28, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I am very suspicious when I hear that multiple officers have made multiple shots each, especially when ‘shootee’ is found to be without a firearm. #1 should be keeping cover so that a subject doesn’t have the upper hand. #2 should be to stop a threat with the minimum number of shots so that the subject has a chance of living. There should always be an offer to end a situation peacefully. There are way too many unjustified uses of deadly force and TASERings by some (not all) jackboots in the name of law enforcement. Oscar Grant was handcuffed and face down on the Oakland BART train platform when he was shot in the back by Officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle says he was intending to use his TASER. Why do you need to TASER somebody that is handcuffed, prone and under the control of another officer who had his knee in Grant’s back?

rob banta December 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Anthony was my cousin and i don’t know any details yet but i can tell you that was a great respectful young man that wasn’t known to be violent, he was not a guy that would require lethal force. Protect and serve who?

anon December 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM

“Now we have a new law in Concord that took me from being a credit to the community to an outlaw. ”

What is that ??

“Truly well trained officers would shoot to disable, not for critical mass, ”


“the people who knew him as the wonderful person he was!”

Well–how is that working for him now ?????
Good people do not do things that get them shot by the cops…now do they ???

Jeff December 28, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Inside job, i highly doubt you are a better marksman. But lets argue that on a range someday.

We have heard from people who have been trained as leo’s. i have trained people, and have been trained for years in firearms safety and self defense. You are wrong about shooting with an intent to injure. If you have the time to think it through enough to injure, it probably isnt deadly force you are facing.

The other logical argument is that by shooting to injure (ie a smaller target) you risk missing that target and hurting bystanders.

Regardless of your professed experience, there is only one argument that you have made that holds true. You use your mind and judgement, maintaining your cool at all times.

But if someone comes at you and attacks you anyways, and you feel your life was threatened, you shoot center mass. Period.

Anon December 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Considering Tony Banta’s boxing experience it was probably best not to take him hand to hand.

Dennis December 28, 2012 at 8:38 PM

@#46 shoot to disable? you apparently have no experience with guns other than BB guns. A high caliber bullet will amputate an arm or leg, and the person will bleed out in a minute or two. What next, you want to hit the back of their heads and knock them out? virtually every time that TV stunt is tried, bone shards penetrate the brain and kill the person, not knock them out.
Any use of force can kill. If the cop fails to kill the attacker, the attacker is likely to kill the cop and whoever they were threatening originally.

what part of ‘drop the weapon and tell it to a judge’ is so difficult for you to understand?

Townie December 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

5’6″ 150lbs hairdresser with a knife is VERY dangerous for TWO cops. Enjoy your paid vacation, you’ve earned it!

ONE WHO KNOWS December 28, 2012 at 10:04 PM

“2 should be to stop a threat with the minimum number of shots so that the subject has a chance of living”

.You have no idea of what you are talking about

“5’6″ 150lbs hairdresser with a knife is VERY dangerous for TWO cops. ”

Cops have been killed by smaller people– you are clueless – SIZE MEANS NOTHING

Old-Fashioned December 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Sadly, gone are the days when we looked up to cops as the “good guys”. Officer Friendly.

Cops need more supporters, not Monday morning quarterbacks second-guessing the decisions, training & life-or-death situations they face on a regular basis. Perhaps those who have nothing but bad things to say about cops have spent too much time in the back seat of a prowler.

Fortunately, they’ll come to your aid when you call 911 after you’re robbed or whatever, no matter what your beef.

I’m grateful for the officers out there who put up with all the crap they do. I don’t envy them one bit.

KooKooKaChoo December 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM


Dumb as toast aren’t you?
Liberalism personified.

Tree Farm December 29, 2012 at 12:12 AM

@ Rick #63

You are 100% wrong on your information. Oscar Grant was NOT handcuffed. You can clearly see his arms fall to his sides in the video, after he is shot. Again, not handcuffed. You say Mehserle shot him while another officer had their knee on Grant’s back? Wrong, it was Mehserle by himself detaining Grant. Grant was not under control, hence the attempted use of a taser. Lastly, suspects survival is not on an officer’s list of priorities. Self preservation and the protection of the victim in what counts, not ensuring the suspect survives a shooting.

@Itsaninsidejob- You are a laugh RIOT! Thanks for the laughs! 🙂

Anna December 29, 2012 at 12:49 AM

I grew up with this young man. He was a good person and it is obvious this was some sort of mental breakdown as stated by the family. Notice also his roommate and the girlfriend are not making any public comments, probably because they understand that this was a fluke incident as well. It sickens me to see all the negative comments being posted everywhere. Have respect for this family in their time of loss. I am married to an officer and so I say this from a different stand point than most. I do not hate law enforcement but can definitely state we have some “trigger happy” officers on our hand in this situation. Shooting Anthony was definitely not the appropriate action here. They have Tazors and could have restrained him in some other way before resorting to shooting him. Shame on you WCPD.

Milady December 29, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I didn’t know the suspect. He may have been a wonderful young man.

I don’t know the Officers that shot him, but I’m sure they were doing their (extremely difficult) job to the best of their ability.

This is a sad event for everyone involved. Why don’t we leave it at that and let the rest be taken care of by the Officials who actually know the details of what happened? Speculating from your computer chair about the Officers or the suspect is ridiculous.

Rest In Peace, Mr. Banta

Thank You Walnut Creek Police, for protecting people you don’t even know and risking your life to save mine.

Best Friend December 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Anthony was my best friend. He was a brother to me. What happened that night was a freak incident. His actions that night were the complete opposite of the type of person he was. Our small group of close friends can’t understand and probably will never understand why he wasn’t there in his head. All we know is it wasn’t him thursday morning. Anthony was very friendly but quiet for the most part until he warmed up to you, he was so professional and passionate about his career, dude was ripped and loved to workout and take care of himself, he had a lot of close friends and people that loved him. He was doing so well at the salon, he had just bought himself a new car a couple months ago, he had just met a new love interest. He had so much going for him. He was 3 years younger then me but so wise and a major role model in my life. He brought mass amounts of positivity into my life and I’ll live everyday for him to celebrate his life and give back to the world what he gave me. It’s hurts to read such ignorant and insensitive comments. I wouldn’t wish this kind of pain on my worse enemy. I love you Anth. Watch over me through this.

diggles December 29, 2012 at 8:40 AM

There are two sides to every story, but I am shocked that this happened to Anthony. He washed and styled my hair. I didn’t know him well, but have a friend who worked closely with him. My impression of Anthony the few times I met him was that he was gentle and not violent. Of course, we don’t know what happened. Anthony could have had mental health issues or been using drugs and the officers were justified in using force, or maybe the officers were over zealous and responded with too much force. It will be interesting to see the results of the investigation.

Horse'n Around December 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

@ Anna. Please tell us what agency your husband works for. I highly doubt that you are married to an officer.

Dear Anna December 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM


Good heavens , the police should sign you up as an expert on Tasers and such, course it would be good if you knew how to spell Taser, but nevermind.

You say “It sickens me to see the negative comments”, then proceed to instruct us that “We have some trigger happy officers on our hand” (sic). Wow, see any poor reasoning here?

You don’t know sqaut Anna, you are not married to an officer, and you have a pea brain.

The end

Officer Barbrady December 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Here is a truth: If you point a gun at a cop or attack him with a knife, you have just committed suicide.

Fred P. December 29, 2012 at 2:41 PM

@Anna #74…

You clearly do not understand or know ANYTHING about the use of force in law enforcement. Check with ANY agency in this state or POST before displaying your ignorance.


Fred P. December 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

A couple of comments…

Driving the bus at MDF is a job for deputy sheriffs – they are part of Court Services/Transportation. As such, they go through the same training (academy and AO) as those on the street. In fact, they may have already been on the street and rotated back to Court Services.

Officers are trained to shoot to STOP THE THREAT – not “shoot to kill.”

A knife at 7 yards is considered a deadly weapon and is to be responded to as such. A bad guy w/ a knife in hand can close that distance before the officer has time to react and unholster his firearm. This is standard statewide (and if I’m not mistaken, nationwide) training.

Before you Monday-morning quarterbacks spout off about what SHOULD be done, take a few months and educate yourself.

25+ years LE

Dear Anna December 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM

We’ve seen you post before, sometimes being Jorge or Anna. What you do is try and gain some credibility by pretending to be affiliated with a cop.

Usually you claim some inside knowledge of the situation. Fabrication number two..

Then you launch some long winded diatribe about how bad the cops were, when ,of course, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Its getting old.

ONE WHO KNOWS December 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

“I do not hate law enforcement but can definitely state we have some “trigger happy” officers on our hand in this situation. Shooting Anthony was definitely not the appropriate action here. ”

You have no idea what happened there,,,,,,now do you ??

an December 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

“It’s hurts to read such ignorant and insensitive comments.”

Whatever he did–it got him dead–deal with it
His actions were not Mensa-like

I will be happy to repo his car

Anon December 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Anna, by officer did you mean CNET, and by married did you mean turn tricks for?

It’s not that I am trying to be mean its just that I don’t think you even know the deceased and are just another leftist pos trying to crap on a cop.

rw December 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

While I agree that the police have a dangerous job, the cops in Walnut Creek work in one of the safest cities in California. It does sound a bit curious that the suspect said to have been armed with only a knife was shot multiple times by the police. I would hope that a full investigation is done to determine whether the action taken by police in this incident was justified.

kiarfy December 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM

Oh Anon,
lol, Absolutely love your straight forwardness–why would a married woman have to turn tricks? That is a good question–I will wait for an answer with you.

@ rw December 30, 2012 at 1:24 AM

What the hell does working in one of the safest communities have to do with anything? If someone goes nuts and starts trying to kill people than even the safest community suddenly has an issue. In sure all the people in Newtown Conn thought they lived in one if the safest communities until a wacko snapped and ruin their lives. Your uneducated, asinine comments only help fuel the hatred some people have against law enforcement. You have no idea what happened and you were not there having to make a life or death decision to protect yourself and others so jump back on your armchair and let the quarterbacks do their job

Mental issues December 30, 2012 at 1:31 AM

If you research other news stories out there, Anthony’s own family members have stated to the press more than once that they believe it could have been a brain tumor or mental disorder that caused him to snap. The family member even went in to say to the reporter that mental health issues run in the family. So stop with the I can’t believe he would be like this because his own family obviously believes he could have had an issue that caused him to snap. Research the articles yourselves!!!

Mental issues December 30, 2012 at 1:34 AM

From a mercury news article:

“Banta’s grandfather, Brett Grainger, he thinks his grandson may have had some sort of mental breakdown the morning he was shot, saying over and over that, “Anthony was not himself.”

“Grainger speculates Banta possibly had a brain tumor, or some sort of mental breakdown, adding that others in Banta’s family have dealt with mental issues in the past.”

Big Al December 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Another case for John Burris.

Interesting comment from best friend December 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Funny that in the post above by “best friend” he states thst “dude was ripped and lived to workout”. That leads me to believe not only was he super strong, but he could have been using “supplements” to get “ripped”. I know many people that use legal “supplements” thst have affected their personality but more disturbing are the people that would use the less than legal supps…have known people that suffer from serious “roid rage” because they were obsessed with muscle building and didn’t notice or care how it affected their personality. Just another thought

Anon December 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Thank goodness he wasn’t black or Oakland would be on fire.

DZL December 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

The main problem here is that nobody has all the information. They’re arguing over ideas that have no evidence to support them. Calling each other trolls, cussing each other out, imagining events and scenarios that didn’t happen. When you call them on it, their pride forces them to lash out, defending their poorly thought-out single track pointless ideas. Why don’t you hold your tongue? Let the people who can actually do something about it fo their jobs. The world lost someone, parents lost their child because of it, friends lost their friend. Show some sensitivity… Think before you speak!

anon Retired LEO December 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM

“said to have been armed with only a knife ”

YEAH — and cops don’t get killed with knives ??
Got to love the word “Only”

rw December 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

@ Anonymous Comment #89

You are right, I wasn’t there during this incident and neither were you. I can only comment on what I have learned about this incident from media reports. However, I can reasonably say that shooting and killing a suspect armed with a knife seems a bit extreme and I hope that there is a sufficient investigation conducted to determine if the actions of the police were justified in this matter.

Sad January 1, 2013 at 6:09 PM

@MDF Busdriver it sounds like you have some major deep-rooted issues. Perhaps you should lay off the juice?

Cowellian January 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

The courts have repeatedly ruled that shooting and killing a suspect armed with a knife is reasonable and justified.

J. January 1, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I haven’t heard of any cases of LEO being killed by knife.

Cowellian January 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Because, if the bad guy doesn’t drop his knife, he gets shot.

J. January 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Banta had a big ‘ol kitchen knife when he charged at Officers.

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