A Fatal Traffic Accident In Nanchong
(Baidu's Xichong Post Bar)
Translation of an Internet forum post:
The Xichong county (Sichuan province) police unfairly assaulted a photo-taking citizen.
On the afternoon of January 3, 2011, a middle-aged man was killed instantly when he was hit by a long-distance bus in the Department of Education section of the Ring City ROad in Xichong county! The wife of the deceased is a teacher at the Xichong Middle School.
Afterwards, the family of the deceased demanded compensation! At this point, our respected "Police Uncles" showed up just when the family of the deceased was backed into a corner. On the afternoon of January 7, 2011, the mother of the deceased came to Anhan Plaza's Xichong County People Service Center. After a long time, the matter was still not solved. At this time, a couple of Xichong Public Security Bureau persons came to the service center and took the mother of the deceased away by force. The mother resisted furiously, but she was hauled away from the service center through the Anhan Plaza to the police car. The sight drew a crowd. A passerby took out a camera to record the event. At this time, more than a dozen men wearing police uniform rushed up, smashed the man's camera and assaulted him in group fashion. The man received multiple head injuries. This man is a teacher at the Xichong Middle School! After the assault, the police got into their vehicles and left. Meanwhile the other family members of the deceased also arrived at the scene. The father of the deceased could no longer endure the pain of losing his son, and he lied down on the road in front of the Anhan Plaza. The spectators called the police again. When the police car returned, the spectators were angered by the sight of the policemen assaulting the father of the deceased again in the same fashion and then left him lying on the icy cold ground!
Afterwards, the spectators called the 120 emergency service. The father was already semi-conscious before the ambulance came. He was quickly rushed to the People's Hospital!
Postcript: As an eyewitness to something that I cannot believe I would ever see, I am speechless as well as helpless because there was nothing that I can do! Looking at the police that I once respected, I finally realized that we live in a cruel society.
(Xichong Public Security Bureau) January 9, 2011.
At 14:25 on January 2, the driver Tian Shiyong for the Sichuan Fulin Transportation Group was driving the passenger bus with license plate Sichuan B71564 from Nanchong City through State Highway Route 212 towards Jiangyou city. When the bus reached State Highway Route 212 point 1045KM+600M) outside the Jixun Gas Station on Ring City Road in Xichong county, it collided with an unlicensed motorcycle driven by Xiao Haibo (28 years old, from Guang'an in Sichuan province, without driver's license, employee at a certain design company in Chengdu city, his wife is a teacher at the Xichong Middle School). Both vehicles sustained damages. Xiao Haibo was sent to the Xichong People's Hospital where efforts to save him failed.
After the collision took place, the traffic police division deputy captain Zeng Wei arrived at the scene along with police officers Wu Honge and Ren Wenchun. They made an detailed study of the scene and gathered the evidence. The public security bureau commissar Zhu Fucheng arrived at the scene later to take charge. On that day, the bus driver Tian Shiyong was detained by the police for being involved in a traffic incident.
On the morning of January 4, the police officer Wu Hongge and others arranged for the representative Zhou Yong of the Sichuan Fulin Transportation Group to meet with the family of the deceased. A full explanation of the procedures on how the incident would be handled was given to both parties. At noon, the father Xiao Gaofeng, the mother Ao Weibi and another relative Xiao Wenguang asked the bus company to give compensation immediately and refused to let Zhou Yong leave the police station.
On the morning of January 7, the police officer Wu Hongge and others arranged for the bus company's safety division head Su Fengbing and others to meet with Xiao Haibo's wife Li Zhenglan, the relative Xiao Wenguang and three other persons to discuss the compensation issue. After the meeting, the family of the deceased asked the bus company representative Su Fengbing and his wife Chen Jinyong to meet at a tea house in Jixun Plaza at 12:15pm.
At around 2pm that day, the bus company's safety division worker Zhou Yong called the traffic police division deputy captain Zeng Wei and the case officers Wu Hongge and Ren Wenchu: the bus company safety division head Su Fengbing is being held captive at Jixun Plaza. Su Fengbing and his wife Chen Jinyong also called the police officers many times. The case officers Wu Hongge and Ren Wenchun went quickly to the scene, and found that Su Fengbing had been taken to an unknown destination by the family of the deceased.
To avoid the matter from escalating, the police officers to take Chen Jinyong away from the teahouse. As they got ready to leave with Chen Jingyong in the police car, the mother Ao Weibi and the mother-in-law He Hongfang of the deceased Xiao Haibo prevented the police car from leaving. Ao Weibi and He Hongfang climbed on the roof of police car "Sichuan R0983 Police," stomped, screamed and hollered. More than a hundred spectators gathered around.
Seeing that the situation was out of control, the two police officers called the command center for help. The public security bureau deputy director Guo Zhi brought 16 officers to the scene. They took Ao Weibi and He Hongfang into police car "Sichuan R1148 Police." But they were blocked by family members and friends including an identified male (later found to be Li Jinghua, male, 27 years old, Xichong Middle School teacher). The police took Li Jinghua, Ao Weibi and He Hongfang away from the scene, and the situation calmed down.
The subsequent investigation revealed that at 2pm on January 17, the family of the deceased asked to meet with the bus company representative Su Fengbing to a teahouse and then took him away by force to the Xichong Funeral Parlor. They forced Su Fengbng to kowtow, offer a joss stick, pose for photos and buy wreaths. Then they took him back to the teahouse where the police rescued him.
At 6pm, the police interrogated Li Jinghua. After learning that he was a teacher, they turned him to the Xichong Middle School vice principal Li Guangjun and security director Wang Jiahong. His case will be followed up pending the investigation in accordance with the law. The police decided to punish He Hongfang with five days of administrative detention. The mother Ao Weibi of the deceased was released to her sister after a lecture by the police.
As to the Internet post about "teacher Li Jinghua was taking photos with his mobile phone when the police rushed up to assault him," Li Jinghua stated that he did not use his mobile phone, he interfered with the police who were carrying out their duty and the police did not assault him. As for the Internet claim that "the Xichong Middle School teacher Mr. Han complained and was assaulted by five to six police officers," the police only took Ao Weibi, He Hongfang and Li Jinghua away from the scene. They did not take Mr. Han away and they did not clash with him. So there cannot be any truth to the police causing Mr. Han "internal injuries" by a beating.
On the afternoon of January 9, the county public security bureau working group reached out to the family and friends of the deceased, and asked that they express their demands in legally permissible ways. The family and friends of the deceased admitted that their actions were extreme on the afternoon of January 7 and they expressed their regret. At this time, the family and friends of the deceased are emotionally steady, and the handling of the case is proceeding in order.
(Huaxi Metropolis Daily) January 10, 2011
Many websites were saying that a Nanchong boss killed someone with his car. The family of the victim took a long time to locate the big boss. When they found the big boss, they surrounded him while other citizens watched. Then the police came to rescue the big boss, and they even wanted to arrest the 60-year-old mother of the victim. At this point, Xichong Middle School teacher Li Jinghua took out his mobile phone to record. The police rushed over to Li, attacked him and then arrested him for interfering with the police in their line of duty.
Of course, Chinese netizens were outraged about what happened in this story.
Yesterday morning, the Huaxi Metropolis Daily reporter went to Xichong county, Nanchong city and interviewed the various key persons in the case.
A. The Nanchong police
"This was an ordinary traffic incident." Xichong county public security bureau traffic division deputy captain Zeng Wei said. On the afternoon of January 2, a bus was traveling from Nanchong to Jiangyou along State Highway Route 212 through Xichong county. At around 2:25pm, the bus collided with a motorcycle just outside the Jixun Gas Station on the City Ring Road in Xichong county. "The motorcyclist Xiao Haibo had just finished getting gas. As he came out of the station, he collided with the bus which was traveling in a straight line." Xiao Haibo was rushed to the hospital. "He had suffered severe injuries to the skull." He was pronounced dead by the doctor on duty shortly afterwards.
The Xichong traffic police arrived at the scene quickly. They noted that Xiao Haibo did not wear a helmet and his motorcycle was an unregistered light two-wheel vehicle. The bus belonged to a company in Jiangyou city. The traffic police transferred the dozen or so passengers to another bus. The bus driver Tian Shiyong was arrested on suspicion of being involved in a traffic incident.
B. The bus company representative
"The company will never dare send anyone over. I thought that it was too frightening!" The bus company worker Su Fengbing told the reporter. Over the past several days, Su and his wife have been having nightmares.
On the morning of January 7, the bus company sent its workrr Su Fengbing to Xichong county to have the second negotiation session with the family of Xiao Haibo. Su's wife Chen Jinyong accompanied him. "My wife said that the fog was too thick that morning and she was worried about me driving alone. So she came with me to Xichong." They never imagined that this trip would turn out to be such a nightmare for them.
In the morning, the two parties went to the Xichong county traffic police division to obtain the relevant legal documents.
At around 12:15pm, the family asked Su and his wife to discuss the matter of compensation. The two parties "negotiated" at a restaurant near Jixun Plaza. "Several dozen people surrounded the two of us. People even followed us when we went to use the restroom." That day, Su Fengbing paid for all the take-out orders and noodle dishes. 150 yuan in meal money, 160 yuan in beverages.
"After dining, they said that I had to respond immediately. They wanted between 100,000 yuan and 500,000 yuan in cash." Su Fengbing explained that he was just a hired worker at the company, and he could not possibly make a decision on such a huge sum of money! "If you don't hand over the money here and now, you are going to the funeral parlor to keep vigil beside the coffin!" The men who were involved in the negotiation dragged Su Fengbing downstairs. Meanwhile the women surrounded Chen Jinyong, who said: "I am not with the bus company. I just came along with my husband!" But nobody listened to Chen Jinyong's explanation. She called the police secretly: "My husband is missing. I don't know where they took him! Come quickly to save him!"
"Seven or eight men dragged me downstairs. The buttons on my clothes were ripped off!" When it came to describing that horrifying scene, Su Fengbing was still stricken with fear as he spoke from his home where he is presently resting. After leaving the restaurant, the men pushed Su Fengbing inside a van and took him to the Xichong Funeral Parlor. Su Fengbing thought that it was reasonable to "ask me to buy joss sticks, firecrackers and flower wreaths" as a sign of respect from the company.
"Kneel down and kowtow!" Someone roared out loudly. Someone else held Su Fengbing from behind the back. "So I had to kneel down and kowtow with a joss stick in hand." Su thought that the harassment must be over. Then someone opened the refrigerated casket and demanded Su Fengbing mourn for the deceased in close proximity. Su Fengbing stood next to the refrigerated casket and wailed. "Half for the deceased, and half for the humiliation heaped upon myself!"
"The police have arrived!" These people shoved Su Fengbing into the van and brought him back to Jixun Plaza.
Meanwhile Chen Jinyong was inside a police vehicle which was surrounded by people. After her husband got taken away, the people remaining at the restaurant wanted her to "give money."
The police came and took Chen Jinyong into a police car. But many people surrounded the police car on Jixun Plaza. Someone attempted to reach into the police car to seize Chen Jinyong. From the police video, it can be seen that a woman dressed in red placed a small girl on the police car and then jumped on the car. Then she fetched another woman so that both of them were standing on the roof of the police car. It was chaos everywhere. "This woman is the mother-in-law of Xiao Haibo. The little girl is Xiao Haibo's daughter." Zeng Wei explained.
At this time, Su Fengbing was brought back to the plaza. The police tried to rescue the captive Su Fengbing. "While our officers tried to pull him out, some people tried to hold him back. There was some grappling at the scene." Zeng Wei said that the people who prevented them from saving Su included some Xichong Middle School teachers.
The matter was quickly calmed down. At sometime past 9pm, Su Fengbing joined his wife again. They embraced and cried. Chen Jinyong said that she really should not have come to Xichong. "If the restaurant window was opened at the time, I would have surely jumped out and killed myself. I am not with the bus company. I am not that bus driver. How can I be expected to say that I will pay compensation?"
Su Fengbing said, "The company now wants them to use the legal process. The company will pay every cent that the court rules. But we don't dare to come and negotiate anymore!"
C. The Internet opinions
"The rescue at the plaza" became a sensationalistic Internet story quickly. At the Sina.com microblog and at the Xichong Post Bar, many Internet posts reported that a big boss fled the scene after killing someone with his car; the family of the victim took a long time to locate the boss. When they found him, they surrounded him while other citizens watched. Then the police came to rescue the Nanchong boss, and they even wanted to arrest the 60-year-old mother of the victim. At this point, Xichong Middle School teacher Li Jinghua took out his mobile phone to record. The police rushed over to Li, attacked him and then arrested him for interfering with the police in their line of duty.
"We did take Li Jinghua away from the scene in order to solicit information, and teacher Li has admitted that he interfered with the police from taking the person away."
"The police had to rescue the person. They had to take forceful measures. But someone immediately yelled 'Police brutality'!"
Netizens condemned the police for siding with the big boss while assaulting the Xichong Middle School teachers. Yesterday morning, Xichong county public security bureau deputy director Guo Zhi expressed his helplessness against the waves of criticisms: "What exactly did we do wrong?" Teacher Li was sent to the hospital and examined. "What injuries! There was some grappling, but the police did not assault anyone."
"We can understand that the family is grieving at the loss of their relative. But this is going too far!" The Xichong traffic police said that they are processing the traffic incident in accordance with the legal process. The mother-in-law of Xiao Haibo has been detained for interfering with the police in the line of duty.
D. The school
The wife of Xiao Haibo is Li Zhenglan, who is a chemistry teacher at the Xichong Middle School. According to the preliminary information gathered by the police, some of the school teachers interfered with the police effort to rescue Su Fengbing. Li Zhenglan said that she was surprised by how things happened. She said that it was not her intention to force Su Fengbing to "kneel and kowtow." She could not control the teachers who interfered with law enforcement.
"No teachers were hurt and no teachers were arrested by the police." Yesterday afternoon, the Huaxi Metropolis Dialy reporter interviewed Xichong Middle School principal Li Guolong. According to Li, "Some of the young chemistry teachers felt sorry for Li Zhenglan and went to see the bus company representative and interfered with the police when they tried to remove Su. Their assistance resulted in the opposite effect! Even if teachers want to defend rights, they need to obey the law!"