The mother of a 45-year-old man who was shot to death by a police officer at a Heilongjiang railway station on Saturday has rejected the 200,000 yuan in compensation offered by railway authorities.
Xu Chunhe was shot as he was with his mother and three children at the Qing’an Railway Station in Suihua city on May 2. Xinhua had initially reported that the man had forcibly prevented passengers from passing through the security gate, and that the officer opened fire after Xu had attempted to grab his gun and club.
Conflicting reports later surfaced, saying that the man killed was a veteran petitioner who was shot as he was attempting to board the train on a petition trip with his family, according to Sina News.
Railway police signed a compensation agreement with Xu’s cousins offering 200,000 yuan, but it has been rejected by Xu’s mother, Quan Yushun, who yesterday hired four lawyers to represent her. Quan was quoted in reports as saying that she doesn’t want the compensation, but wants to see “the policeman who opened fire to repay with his life”.
Authorities are now trying to piece together what really happened at the train station on Saturday as the description of events has varied from media outlet to media outlet. So far they have only obtained an incomplete video clip showing the man attempting to ‘evade’ the officer.
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