Date
28 July 2017
Xu Chunhe (left) lies dead at the the Qing'an Railway Station in Suihua City as his daughter and mother look on. Qian Yushuen (right), the mother, with a lawyer, vowed to seek justice for her son. Photos: Baidu, Weibo
Xu Chunhe (left) lies dead at the the Qing'an Railway Station in Suihua City as his daughter and mother look on. Qian Yushuen (right), the mother, with a lawyer, vowed to seek justice for her son. Photos: Baidu, Weibo

Mother seeks justice for son killed by Heilongjiang police

The mother of a man from Heilongjiang province who was shot dead by police for allegedly threatening public security has rejected compensation offered by local authorities to settle the case.

Qian Yushuen said she has hired several lawyers to seek justice for her son, Xu Chunhe, who was killed in an incident at the Qing’an Railway Station in Suihua City on May 2, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

According to the official Xinhua news agency, a spokesman from the Harbin railway police authority said the middle-aged man had tried to prevent passengers passing through the security gate at the railway station.

When a policeman tried to stop him, Xu picked up a little girl believed to be his daughter and threw her at the officer, the report said, citing a witness quoted by news portal Caixin.com.

He then tried to grab the policeman’s gun and baton but the officer opened fire and killed him.

No one else was injured in the incident.

While finding Xu at fault, Harbin railway police have reportedly reached a deal with Xu’s cousins, which included a compensation of 200,000 yuan (US$32,198) and arrangement for his family to settle in care facilities.

But his mother said the deal was invalid as she had not been consulted.

The case has spurred intense discussions in local online forums. While some netizens praised the police officer for killing Xu and protecting innocent people at the station, others said police wanted to stop him from boarding the train with his children.

Xu reportedly intended to embark on a trip to submit a petition to authorities, although the nature of the petition was not known.

A footage of the incident taken from a closed-circuit video camera reportedly shows Xu being chased by police. 

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