Five ex-of­fi­cers face prose­cu­tion over man’s death in cus­tody

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

Pros­e­cu­tors have fin­ished an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into five for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers sus­pected of neg­li­gence in a case where a young man choked to death after be­ing taken into cus­tody.

The Bei­jingPeo­ple’sProcu­ra­torate re­ferred the case to the pub­lic prose­cu­tion on Tues­day.

Four of the sus­pects have been re­leased on bail. A fifth, sur­namedXing, for­mer deputy direc­tor of Dongx­i­aokou po­lice sta­tion in Chang­ping dis­trict, is still in cus­tody, the procu­ra­torate said on Tues­day.

Lei Yang, 29, choked to death on his vomit shortly after be­ing taken into po­lice cus­tody, ac­cord­ing to an in­de­pen­dent au­topsy re­leased on June 30.

He was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of so­lic­it­ing pros­ti­tu­tion onMay 7, but re­fused to co­op­er­ate and was hand­cuffed after at­tempt­ing to es­cape. He was taken to hos­pi­tal and pro­nounced dead hours later, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous po­lice state­ments.

At least one of the sus­pects was an aux­il­iary of­fi­cer.

On Tues­day, the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net, re­leased a reg­u­la­tion tar­get­ing man­age­ment of aux­il­iary of­fi­cers, re­quir­ing a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion and cleanup across the coun­try.

Aux­il­iary of­fi­cers are nec­es­sary for pub­lic se­cu­rity, but there are some prob­lems in how they are man­aged, the State Coun­cil said.

The reg­u­la­tion stip­u­lates spe­cific man­age­ment rules, in­clud­ing list­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, re­cruit­ment re­quire­ments and su­per­vi­sion, aim­ing to straighten out man­age­ment and im­prove ser­vices by the end of next year.

Pub­lic se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties are re­quired to con­duct thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions on aux­il­iary of­fi­cers, it said.

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