Details about Ms. Chen Yumei Being Beaten to Death by Police in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province

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Ms. Chen Yumei's body was cremated on July 6th, 2008. She was arrested on the evening of July 3rd, 2008, and brutally beaten by officers from Chang'an Police Station in Dadong District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province until she passed out. She died on the evening of July 4th, 2008, at age 48.

Ms. Chen Yumei

Ms. Chen Yumei lived in Dadong District. She and her husband made their living by running a convenience shop and watching the neighbourhood garage. At around 7:30 p.m. on July 3rd, 2008, police officers arrested Ms. Chen near her home soon after she left. They punched and kicked her until she passed out on the street. Many bystanders witnessed the brutality.

At around 9:20 p.m. on the same evening, several officers from the Chang'an Police Station came to her home and said that Ms. Chen had passed out and was in the ambulance outside their door. They wanted her family to identify her while she was unconscious.

When her family took her to the hospital, these officers surrounded Ms. Chen's home near the neighbourhood garage. Officers prevented other family members from entering or exiting, and ransacked the home. They took a notebook computer, a DVD player, and several thousand yuan1 in cash.

Ms. Chen Yumei in the hospital after being beaten by police

Ms. Chen was taken to the #463 Military Hospital. The doctor found severe bleeding in her skull, and said an operation must be performed immediately. After the four-hour operation, she remained unconscious. Her family saw that her arms and legs were covered with bruises, and her body had severe scratches as a result of being dragged on the ground. The doctors said that the marks were caused by being beaten or dragged. They spent 20 hours trying to revive Ms. Chen in vain, and she died at around 8:30 p.m. on July 4th 2008. The distraught family now must pay the 20,000-yuan medical fee.

Ms. Chen's family said that she left home a healthy lady, but died within 24 hours from police brutality. The Neighbourhood Administration gave 100 yuan to the family on July 5th, 2008, as its "gesture."

On July 6th, 2008, Chen Yumei's family held her funeral. It was raining, yet many neighbours came to pay their respects. Three police vehicles were parked nearby. One plain-clothes officer came to her home and questioned her husband. Her husband questioned the officer, and told him clearly that Ms. Chen Yumei was well known as a kind person who benefited from practising Falun Gong. That officer soon left.

Her husband later went to the police to ask about the details of Ms. Chen's death. The officers' replies were contradictory, stating two locations of her arrest, one in the Dongsheng Neighbourhood, the other in the Jiangdong Neighbourhood.

Ms. Chen practised Falun Gong and strived to live according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, but was brutally mistreated multiple times by the Chinese Communist Party authorities. She was once detained in a brainwashing centre in 2002, and went on a hunger strike to protest the torture. Her husband was also sent to a forced labour camp for practising Falun Gong.

After the persecution began (July 20th, 1999), police officers from the Chang'an Station have actively taken part by arresting practitioners and sending them to forced labour camps and prisons. Ever since Ms. Chen was beaten to death, agents have been hiding near her family-owned convenience shop and monitoring visiting Falun Gong practitioners.

Chang'an Police Station: 86-24-88293317, 86-24-24830645, 86-24-24310385
Director Wang Naiqing (male): 86-13842005586 (mobile)
Deputy Director Xu Yuyuan (male), CCP Secretary Li Xiaojun (male): 86-24-81960222
Dadong District Police Department: 86-24-88503258, 86-24-24830645
Dadong District Procuratorate: 86-24-88900935

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1. "Yuan" is the Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China.

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