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Beijing police officers punished over man's death
   2016-12-29 18:44:10    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhang Shuai

29-year-old Lei Yang was choked to death while in police custody in Beijing. [File photo: rmzxb.com.cn]

Five law enforcement officers suspected of negligence after a man, named Lei Yang, choked to death while in custody have been punished by the Beijing Public Security Bureau and the disciplinary committee of Beijing's ChangPing District.

The decision to punish the two regular police officers and three auxiliary officers was announced by the official weibo account of Beijing Police on Thursday, December 29.

According to the decision, the two regular police officers have been fired, including Xing Yongrui, former deputy director of Dongxiaokou police station in Changping district. Xing was also expelled from the Communist Party of China. The three auxiliary police officers face revocation on their labor contacts.

Also, the director of Dongxiaokou police station Zhou Shuaimin was relieved of his post and faced a serious warning from within the Party. The deputy director of the Public Security Bureau of Changping District was given an administrative warning. Three other senior officers of the Public Security Detachment where the three auxiliary officers belong were given sanctions of demerit or warnings.

A previous decision made last week by Beijing prosecutors said the five officers would not be charged because the severity of their actions was minor and all have shown remorse.

The Beijing People's Procuratorate said in an online post last Friday that prosecutors found the five officers were guilty of "improper law enforcement" through the use of improper force. They said they were trying to take Lei Yang, a 29-year-old Beijing resident, into custody on May 7. But Lei died.

Given that the officers' activities were part of a planned law enforcement campaign, and that Lei had interfered with law enforcement, the prosecutors decided not to press any charges, the statement said.

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