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Li Jiju Beaten to Death by the Police of Macheng City, Hubei Province  
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Ms. Li Jiju, female, 37, resident of Xifan Village, Macheng City, Hubei Province. At noon on May 15, 2002,  the Macheng City police broke into Ms. Liís home, by climbing over a wall, and then proceeded to rummage through the house. When Ms. Li protested the police officers' unlawful break-in, over 10 policemen promptly gave her a brutal beating, breaking one of her ribs. The policemen then dragged Ms. Li to Macheng City Detention Center, beating her as they went.


At the Macheng No.2 Detention Center,  Ms. Li went on a hunger strike to protest her illegal detention. On May 20, Macheng City Disciplinary Committee Secretary Li Shengguo, Macheng Police Department Section I Chief Yang Gandun and Yan Wenshan secretly took Ms. Li to Longchi Police Station to interrogate her. During the interrogation, the police beat her without restraint, causing her death. Ms. Li's eyes were wide open when she died. There were bruises all over her body, many of her bones were fractured, and signs of strangulation were visible on her neck.


When news of Ms. Li's death was released, the Macheng City authorities falsely reported  that Ms. Li had committed suicide by jumping off of a building. Moreover, they sent policemen to intimidate Ms. Li's relatives and friends, threatening them with arrest if they asked questions or spoke out. At the same time, many Falun Gong practitioners' homes in Macheng City were watched and they were warned not to get in touch with each other. On the first day that Ms. Li's body was placed in the crematory, the police department drove all of the crematory staff members out of the building. Instead, dozens of policemen were stationed there to guard Ms. Li's body, and they would not allow Ms. Li's family members or friends to get near the crematory. Someone took pictures of the body, but was then viciously beaten and their film was destroyed. On the second day, the police department dispatched more police, thus there were several hundred policemen in the crematory. Over two hundred policemen, including plain-clothes officers, were positioned along the way leading from Ms. Liís home to the crematory. Later, Ms. Li's family members and relatives were put under house arrest. They were not allowed to talk to anyone. The police said they would appoint a medical examiner to investigate the cause of Ms. Li's death. However, none of the medical examiners from Macheng City or Ms. Li's residential area wrote a report about Ms. Li's death after they examined the body. In the end, the police department still went ahead and cremated Ms. Li's body. They gave Ms. Li's family members 32,000 RMB Yuan, with the intent of preventing them from appealing.


Since the incident, the police department is apparently hiding the two policemen that were directly involved in the murder, one whose last name is Yin. The police claim that  these two policemen will be punished, but it seems that in reality, they are simply being protected until the incident is forgotten by the public.


type=Case, Death; type=Case, Women; type=Detention Center, Macheng No. 2 Detention Center; location=Hubei, Macheng

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