Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.

News

Innocent Man Killed by Anaheim Police

Before you read more...
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.
5b2c56ee4488b3000927ee20-original.jpg

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."

Support for LAist comes from

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."