Lei Yang's family
On the evening of May 11, 2016, Lei Yang’s family made the following announcement on China’s microblogging site Weibo: “The Changping Procuratorate, where we have been to many times, has intervened and launched a investigation. Beijing Changping district police, as the party involved in this case, should wait until the final results from the investigation of Changping Procuratorate, rather than making explanation everywhere and misleading the public opinion.”
According to Caixin, Beijing Changping district police made the announcement that at the night of May 7, they apprehended six people at a foot massage place; all of whom were suspected of soliciting prostitution. When the law enforcement officers were transporting Lei back to the station for investigation, Lei tried to resist and escape. Subsequently, police had taken coercive measures. During the transportation, Lei suddenly felt unwell. The police rushed him to the hospital. Lei died after all the rescue measures were proven ineffectual.
The woman who provided sex service at the foot massage place said was interviewed, saying that Lei did receive hand job she gave to him.
Chen Youxi, an attorney, believes that the Beijing Changping district police should excuse itself in the role of investigator in the case. Not only should the autopsy be conducted by the third party, all the evidence, surveillance footages, and witnesses should be under the control of a separate investigation group formed by procuratorate and police station from other regions.
With regard to the report from police and the sex worker’s testimony, “firstly, it is inappropriate to publish the video now. With the investigation ongoing, the police cannot be aired on TV regarding the case. Secondly, the woman’s testimony is not totally trustworthy. She is now in the hands of the Changping police, so it is entirely possible that her words could have been manipulated,” Chen said.
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