The plot has decidedly thickened in the case of a 45-year-old man who was shot dead by a cop at a Heilongjiang railway station, after the lawyer representing the victim’s mother was reportedly beaten by a mob in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
A witness at the scene said that lawyer Xie Yang had been attacked with rods and a knife by 20 “gang members” in the Jiangnan district of Nanning, Guangxi. Xie was sent to the hospital with a broken leg, and seven others involved in the fight were also injured.
The witness, another lawyer named Qin Yongpei, told the Global Times that Xie and other lawyers who were present at the scene had attempted to call the police several times, but they did not respond.
Xie is representing the mother of Xu Chunhe, who was shot by a police officer at the Qing’an Railway Station in Suihua City on May 2. The case had initially sparked public outrage, as there was little known detail of what happened before the cop opened fire, and many had accused the policeman of using excessive force against the victim.
Xu’s mother rejected the 200,000 yuan in compensation offered by railway authorities and hired Xie to represent her in her case against the cop, who she wanted to see “repay with his life”.
CCTV released security camera footage showing the events leading up to the fatal shooting for the first time on May 14. The edited footage shows Xu punching officer Li Lebin before wrestling a two-meter-long baton from the cop and attacking him with it.
Qin said Xie had been in Nanning at the time to help him with an unrelated commercial case and was collecting evidence on Sunday night before the confrontation with the alleged gang members. Since news of the beating spread online, some netizens have speculated that he was being “warned” for taking on the shooting case.