Prosecutors have ruled that the police officer who fatally shot a man at a railway station in Heilongjiang province was “within the law” when he did so, Xinhua reported today.
Officer Li Lebi performed ‘his responsibilities as a police officer and protector of peace’ when he opened fire on Xu Chunhe on May 2 at the Qing’an County Railway Station, according to a statement from the railway transport procuratorate of Harbin.
Xu, 45, was shot dead as he was about to board a train with his elderly mother and three young children. The case sparked public outrage, as many speculated that the cop had used excessive force against the man. Xu’s mother, who said that his son was ‘drunk and in a bad mood’ at the time, planned on filing a lawsuit against the cop.
Surveillance footage was made public on May 14, and showed Xu struggling to grab a baton from Li before using it to attack him, although doubts had still arisen over the authenticity of the “edited” tape.
Gao Lei, a research fellow at the judicial expertise center for digital data in Beijing, told the People’s Daily that the released video footage had not been tampered with, and was all part of the original footage that ran from 8:46 a.m. to 1:16 p.m.
Sun Chengyi, head of the Harbin railway transport procuratorate, said that experts had examined the surveillance footage, interviewed witnesses and gotten statements and more than 100 pieces of evidence before reaching their conclusion.
“Officer Li’s use of the gun conformed with the regulations and the law,” Sun said.