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Innocent Man Killed by Anaheim Police
Mourning the loss of his brother, Alfred Bell Jr., 26, right, embraces his father Alfred Bell, as his aunt Andrea Dent, left, looks on (AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Bruce Chambers)
It's a tragic story. 20-year-old Newlywed (as of last week) Julian Alexander heard some commotion outside his house early Tuesday morning. So he went out to his frontyard with a broomstick or shower rod in hand to check it out and make sure his family was safe. That's when police, who happened to be chasing four burglary suspects saw Alexander and fatally shot him twice in the chest.
"This is a very tragic situation," Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said at a news conference per the LA Times. "Julian Alexander was innocent of anything that was going on in the neighborhood at that time."
His family, obviously floored by this tragedy, are seeking answers beyond the police just admitting it was their fault. "He was a good kid, trying to protect his house," said Michelle Mooney, his mother-in-law, in the paper. "And the police, instead of asking questions, they just shot first. Somebody has to be held responsible for this."