Weng’An riots: The family’s petition
(Written on June 23rd)
To the Weng’An (Wengan) Public Security Ministry:
Applicant: Li Xiuhua, Chinese Communist Party Member, Male, 36 years of age, Han, Weng’An resident, father of victim Li Shufen.
My daughter Li Shufen, before death, was a second year (8th grade) student at the local middle school. In order to study more conveniently, she rented an apartment from Liu Jingxue. At 18:00 (6 PM) in the afternoon of June 21nd, she was called away from her apartment by classmate Wang Jiao. On the same day at 23:12 (11:12 PM), Wang Jiao used her cell phone to call the victim’s brother Li Shuyong (a graduate of a local high school) informing him that Li Shufen was playing with her, and would be staying over that night, and definitely wouldn’t be going home.
Shortly after midnight (00:29), Wang Jiao used the same telephone to call Li Shuyong and claimed: “Your sister drowned in the West Gate River, next to the bridge”. Li Shuyong quickly woke up his friend Liu Kailong sleeping next door and drove directly for the bridge. On the way out through the North Gate, they happened to run into a police patrol. Once the situation was explained the patrol went with them to the incident site.
At around 00:36, two unidentified young males were standing on the bridge. Li Shuyong and the others with them asked where Li Shufen and Wang Jiao were; these two replied that Li Shufen was in the river, and Wang Jiao was up there… Liu Kailong immediately leaped into the river, but could not find anything. Wang Jiao came to the scene, and with the two young males there all said that before diving in the river, everyone was driving rice wine at home. At the incident site, they had been drinking beer and eating BBQ. Li Shufen said that because her parents were distant from her, and she can’t get over it, and that she might as well “leave early”, and then jumped into the water. Based on the requests of rescuers Liu Kailong, Yang Jingyou, Yang Daozhi and others, the two police officers on site took away the three suspects Wang Jiao, Cheng Guangquan, Liu Yanchao.
At 3:44 AM of June 22nd, the relatives of the victim and her former neighbors found a way to bring the corpse to the shore, and also reported the crime to 110 and the local police office. After arriving at work on June 22nd，the police replied that the issue had been transferred to the criminal detective branch. At 20:00 (8 PM) on the 22nd, the public security department’s coroner arrived with a flashlight, and performed a rough examination of the victim’s upper body. He orally informed me and others that the conclusion was Li Shufen had drowned to death. Because this applicant and other relatives were sunk in tragedy, we didn’t think critically about various issues, and didn’t propose a full autopsy and an examination of the lower torso.
The applicant and other relatives of the victim are citizens who respect the law, and we can not detain those suspected of causing her death: Wang Jiao, Cheng Guangquan, and Liu Yanchao. Only the country’s public security offices, the prosecutors office have the legal authority and rights to investigate those accused of criminal law. But the public security office in charge of the case has already clearly replied that the actions of these three do not make them suspects and has ended investigation.
This applicant has three clear requests for the public security branch:
1: Separate and re-interrogate the three involved.
2: Perform a thorough examination of Li Shufen’s corpse.
3: Go into deep investigation of all involved parties, search for clues to solving the crime.
Now, the second petition (连接).
Applicant: Li Xiuhua, Male, 36 years of age, male, Weng’an (Wengan) resident.
Reason: Our daughter was murdered, and the applicant requested that the public security break the case. Criminal and police forces then cooperated to persecute the relatives of the victim.
Request: Please, let the higher levels of the party, government, and government organizations quickly solve this case, punish the criminals, eliminate the negative influence and calm public anger.
Events and reason: On June 21st at around 11 PM, the applicant’s daughter was murdered by others and dumped in the water underneath the bridge near West Gate. 20 hours after the case was reported, the public security office’s coroner examined the corpse, and the conclusion was: “Li Shufen drowned to death.” 8 hours before the examination, the suspects provided by the victims’ family were released.
After the examination was completed, the public security ordered and intimidated us into burying the corpse on numerous occasions. The applicant refuses to accept the public security’s irresponsible behavior in not investigating a murder case, and on the 23rd filed a petition calling on the public security office to detain and investigate the suspects, and calling on an examination, and launching a full investigation.
The same day after receiving that petition, the criminal investigation team at the public security office agreed to help arbitrate private/civil negotiation, but orally told me that they can not prosecute the case criminally. In the afternoon of June 24th, the public security ministry formally issued a paper document specifying it would not be establishing a criminal case to investigate the incident, and gave a limit of 5 PM for burial of the body.
The applicant did not receive the notice. It was probably 7 PM on the same evening that they informed to go to the public security ministry, and the county party secretary, the head of the public security ministry, and the leadership of local township/village all participated. The police agreed to another investigation of the corpse, but the coroner refused.
The morning of June 25th, the applicant was forced to seek a coroner from Duxi. The detectives at the public security ministry informed all of those involved in retrieving the corpse to come back to the ministry for further questioning and investigation. The person who personally pulled Li Shufen’s corpse back on land Li Xiushi (the victim’s uncle, middle-school teacher) was invited at 9:28 AM to ride back to the ministry in a police car. While being questioned by the police, Li Xiuzhong was cruelly injured by use of baton and kicking. Later, the police car took him to the education ministry for “thought work”. Li Xiuzhong’s wife (Lan Wuping) and sister (Li Xiuju) were informed Li Xiuzhong had been assaulted and was being held by the police. They went forth to investigate, but not only did they not see their relative, but were also handcuffed and thrown in prison.
In the afternoon at 5:30, the applicant finally returned from Duxi. The head detective informed me by phone to return to the ministry to do the paperwork for a second examination of the corpse. I replied: you arrested the three people from my family who went to the police department, I’m too afraid to come. After about half an hour, the public security ministry released Li Xiuzhong and the others. But as soon as Li Xiuzhong left the education ministry, he was attacked by several unidentified young men. They chased him for 500 meters, where he lay in a pool of blood. Those involved also threatened to attack the petitioner’s son. Anonymous observers called 110 and the victim was taken to the hospital for critical treatment. Right now, he is in the 51st bed of the surgical ward, bleeding from all orifices and in a daze, in critical condition.
In summary, the applicants daughter was drowned by others. Public security refused to investigate and solve the case, and then the police/crime organized together to persecute the family and the relatives. The bloody result of their collaboration is obvious and backed by evidence. The officials are prejudice against me because we know no one in power. The average public completely sympathize with the sad state of our family, and have all lent their signatures to our petition, and are donating money for a rescue. The people are united in calling for clear justice!
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