Long Z. Liu: Petition to Charge Brendt A. Christensen with First Degree Murder

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UNITED WE STAND IN FINDING JUSTICE FOR YINGYING ZHANG URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO FILE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES AGAINST THE DEFENDANT BRENDT A. CHRISTENSEN

Affidavit of FBI Special Agent:

On June 9, 2017, in the county of Champaign, in the Central District of Illinois, the FBI filed a criminal complaint against Brendt A. Christensen (“Defendant”) for kidnapping 18 U.S.C. section 1201.

The affidavit charges the Defendant with one count of kidnapping, stating in part the following:

1.)    Upon forensic examination of the Subject Phone, indicated that on or about April 19, 2017, the user of the Subject Phone, visited a forum on the website Fetlife.com entitled “Abduction 101,” to include sub-threads “Perfect abduction fantasy” and “planning a kidnapping.”[1]

2.)    Upon inspection of the interior front passenger area, it was noticeable that the area appeared to have been cleaned to a more diligent extent than the other vehicle doors, which may be indicative of an attempt to conceal or destroy evidence[2].

3.)    On June 29, 2017, the Defendant was captured on audio recording while under law enforcement surveillance explaining how he kidnapped the victim, brought her to his apartment, and held her against her will[3]. 

4.)    As of June 30, 2017, Yingying Zhang remains missing[4].

5.)    Based on this and other facts, law enforcement does not believe the victim is still alive[5].

 

Conclusion of Criminal Complaint and Defendant’s Arraignment

The criminal complaint concludes that law enforcement does not believe Ms. Zhang is alive. However, at the Defendant’s arraignment the Department of Justice failed to charge the Defendant with first-degree murder. On July 3, 2017, the Defendant did not enter a plea to the kidnapping charge during his appearance for arraignment in federal court. The court ordered him to be held without bond until his next court hearing on Wednesday.

 

Federal and Local Law Enforcement Mishaps and Civil Liability- Failure to Discharge a Ministerial Duty and Negligence:

Under Manning v. U.S., 546 F.3d 430, 431 (2008), when a federal law enforcement officer commits a tort, the victim has two distinct avenues of relief: he may pursue a constitutional tort claim against the individual officer, or he may pursue a common law tort claim against the United States pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”), 28 U.S.C. section 1346, 2671-80[6]. Based on a number of facts, the federal and the local law enforcement failed to discharge their ministerial duty to arrest the Defendant upon having reason to believe that the Defendant committed the crime of kidnapping.

Seven hours after 2:04 p.m., June 9, 2017, Ms. Zhang was reported missing after she failed to respond to her text messages from the apartment manager where she would come to sign the apartment lease. Although there was video surveillance of the Saturn Astra belonging to the Defendant, law enforcement failed to quickly zero in on the owners of such model and make of the vehicles. There are only 18 cars with that make and model registered in the county and law enforcement failed to quickly act upon their mandatory duties to investigate and quickly arrest the Defendant. Instead they waited for about two and a half weeks to file the Criminal Complaint in support of issuing an arrest warrant.

Law enforcement’s failure to timely discharge their ministerial duties may have caused  Ms. Zhang her life. As such, the government can be held for the wrongful death of Ms. Zhang.

 

Conclusion:

I, Long Z. Liu, Brother Sway, including tens of millions of concerned people from here and abroad, will closely watch this matter. We will continue to petition the Department of Justice to file first-degree murder charges against the Defendant. Doing so, will bring justice to Ms. Zhang and Ms. Zhang’s loved ones, and will minimize the occurrence of people who premeditate such egregious crimes and are later charged with lesser offenses.

WE PETITION AND DEMAND THE PROSECUTION OF THE DEFENDANT BRENDT A. CHRISTENSEN FOR THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF YINGYING ZHANG.

Sincerely,

Long Z. Liu, Esq.,

Brother Sway,

And tens of millions of individuals similarly concerned and situated in finding justice for Yingying Zhang and her loved ones.



[1] Page 8 of the Criminal Complaint paragraph 22.
[2] Page 9 Criminal Complaint paragraph 24.
[3] Page 9 of the Criminal paragraph 26.
[4] Page 9 of the Criminal Complaint paragraph 26.
[5] Page 9 of the Criminal Complaint paragraph 26.
[6] See also, Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388.