Brea Police Play Judge, Jury, and Executioner
25-year-old Yorba Linda man, unarmed with no prior record
was killed with a high-power assault rifle in front of his home.
At 12:25 am on June 30, 2010 the Brea Police killed Julian Collender with a high power assault rifle in front of his home in Yorba Linda. Julian was 25 years old, unarmed, and had no prior record. What little information the Brea Police have provided is highly suspicious, misleading, and wrong. In order to obtain some justice and hold the Brea Police accountable, we feel compelled to bring public awareness to this atrocity. In accordance with this, below is the account of what happened, as we know it now:
According to the Brea Police, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at approximately 11:35 pm three people went to the Brea Police Department to report an armed robbery that they said had occurred more than three hours earlier at 8:15. They claimed that Julian was involved. The police say that Julian was “known” to one of the “victims.” The “victims” are 19-20 year olds, one of which is currently on probation. As far as we can tell, the police did nothing to investigate or substantiate this report, which we believe is false. Instead, it appears that they immediately deployed units to Julian’s parents’ house where he lived. Less than 50 minutes after the report was made Julian arrived home and at least two marked cars and one unmarked car were already waiting outside the Collender’s house with at least one high power assault rifle. Julian was pulled over by one of the marked cars in front of his house. He was unarmed and alone. There were multiple police officers shouting different orders at him. He was shot with a high power assault rifle within a few seconds of exiting his vehicle. The police have offered no explanation for why they shot Julian.
The assault rifle used to kill Julian is a war weapon. It is the deadliest weapon in the Brea Police arsenal. This armor-piercing firearm is so powerful that its accuracy range is 600 to 800 yards. The ammunition is designed to kill by spinning and expanding upon impact, destroying the organs of its target, leading to cardiac arrest and fatal internal bleeding. This is what happened to Julian. He sprung backwards from the impact, paralyzed, his body going into shock. In spite of this, after shooting him the police proceeded to put Julian in handcuffs while he lay dying in the street in front of the house he grew up in. His parents were inside and were awoken by the sound of the assault rifle that just killed their youngest son.
Within minutes, Julian’s mother opened the front door of her home to find SWAT pointing rifles at her. She walked outside barefoot in her knee-length nightgown and bathrobe to be faced with multiple officers and SWAT shining lights and guns at her. Multiple commands were given to her from different directions. The police slammed her against the hood of a police car, searched her, handcuffed her wrists behind her back, and put her in the back of the police car. She had bruises from the handcuffs the size of golf balls. The same happened to Julian’s father, who was barefoot and shirtless. For hours they were held in the back of separate police cars.
Hours later, Brea Police didn’t even walk up to his parents but called them over to them. In an abrupt manner completely lacking of compassion, the Brea Police told them coldly, “Your son is at Kaiser and he’s dead.” The officer turned around and walked away. The police refused to allow Julian’s parents back into their home; the police wouldn’t bring them out a pair of shoes. They had no phone, no money, and no car. The police refused to give them a ride to the hospital. An officer tried to stop Julian’s mother from walking to a neighbor’s house to ask for a ride to the hospital. Devastated, her legs shaking and nearly collapsing beneath her, she was finally able to get into the neighbor’s car, but again the police detained them before they were able to leave.
Once at the hospital, the same hospital where Julian was born, the police refused to allow Julian’s parents to see Julian’s body, callously calling him “evidence.” Only after begging and pleading, the police relented with an attitude as if they were doing Julian’s parents a favor. His parents were allowed in the room with Julian’s body under the conditions that they stand at least 5 feet away, do not touch their son, and stay no longer than 20 seconds. They were threatened by the police right before they entered the room, “Don’t make me have to lay my hands on you.”
Julian’s parents were not allowed back into their home until later that day after it was searched. The police claimed, after the shooting, that they found evidence connecting Julian to the earlier reported crime. According to search records given to the family, this is completely untrue.
The Brea Police have failed to provide any answers, including withholding the police report, and refusing to release the shooter’s name. They have provided no explanation for why they shot and killed Julian. They have confirmed that the officer-shooter was put on a three-day administrative leave and he is now back on duty while the investigation is still not complete. The family deserves answers, the city of Yorba Linda deserves safety, and all people deserve justice. Nobody deserves to die at the hands of the police the way Julian did.
The case is currently under investigation by the Orange County District Attorney’s office. It is within the OCDA’s discretion to press charges against the Brea Police and the officer-shooter.
The DA’s office is supposed to be an impartial investigator. The OCDA has never pressed charges on an officer shooter. Police are not above the law. Sign the petition and write a letter to urge OCDA Tony Rackauckas’ office to conduct a proper investigation, and as justice requires, to prosecute the officer shooter. Demand accountability.