(Minghui.org) Editor's note: Many Falun Gong practitioners released from the Chinese Communist regime's detention centers, prisons, or police stations have spoken of being tortured in an astounding variety of brutal ways. This report, the third in our new five-part series on torture methods, describes how officials routinely kick or stomp on practitioners with heavy leather shoes.

It is very common to see officials in Chinese prisons or police stations kicking a Falun Gong practitioner.

They usually wear a pair of heavy leather shoes when kicking practitioners, as it allows greater force. Whether the practitioners are old or young, men or women, the tormentors especially target vital and sensitive parts of the body.

Such brutality often results in internal body injuries, fractures, and, in some cases, even death.

Torture re-enactment: Kicking

Torture re-enactment: Kicking

Torture re-enactment: Grinding the hands into the ground

Mr. Shi Hongjie Died after His Ribs Punctured His Lung

Mr. Shi Hongjie

Shandong practitioner Mr. Shi Hongjie (史洪杰) was brutally tortured at Laixi Detention Center for not telling the police where Falun Gong materials found in his home were produced.

Mr. Shi was doing the Falun Gong exercises on the morning of October 18, 2002, when several inmates dragged him outside and held him down. They jumped on his body and stomped on his chest. His ribs broke and punctured his lung, resulting in his death.

The medical examiner stated that four of his ribs were broken, as well as a finger and toe. There was also a brain hemorrhage. He was covered with injuries and bruises, and his temple and fingers were dark purple.

Torture Re-enactment: Jumping on the chest

Mr. Wang Gang's Right Leg Amputated after a Blood Vessel Ruptured

Mr. Wang Gang

Mr. Wang Gang (王刚) was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2003 for practicing Falun Gong. At Baoding Prison, guard Fan Jianli ordered him to crawl into a room on May 27, 2005. As soon as Mr. Wang entered the room, Fan stomped on his legs. Fan repeated this three times.

The blood vessels in Mr. Wang's right leg ruptured, and he had severe sub-dermal bleeding. After minimal treatment at the prison hospital, the guards took him back and tied him to the bed again.

The guards took him to the hospital for an injection the next day. A doctor noticed that the injuries in his legs had worsened. He was transferred to a larger hospital, where it was discovered that the muscles and bones in his legs had already become necrotic. Without informing his family, the guards had his right leg amputated at Baoding No. 1 Hospital.

Practitioners Describe Being Kicked

Kicking or stomping is only one out of the hundreds of methods used to torture practitioners. The physical and mental harm is devastating, as many practitioners have attested:

“I was kicked in the head and lost my hearing. Blood covered my face.”

“My face and eyes swelled up, and I could barely open my eyes.”

“They stomped on my face, which made me dizzy and nauseous. I had bruises all over my face.”

“They kicked me in the head and made a one-inch-long wound on my head. I collapsed and lost consciousness.”

“After they stomped on my head, I had a long term headache and ringing in my ears.”

“My a spine was injured when they kicked me, and I passed out.”

“I was unconscious for a long time after being kicked in the chest. One lung was injured, and I had difficulty breathing.”

“They stomped on my breasts. I had blood in my mouth and nose at the same time and passed out. My breasts swelled up and turned black and blue.”

“They beat and stomped on my chest, which broke ribs at the left side. I vomited a lot of blood.”

“They stomped on my toes and ankles and ground my toes into the ground. All of my toes were smashed, dark, and bloody, and the toenails of both of my big toes came off.”

Continued from: Torture Methods: How Guards Torture Practitioners With Their Bare Hands (Part 1 of 5)Torture Methods: Police and Prison Guards Use a Wide Variety of Everyday Objects to Torture Falun Gong Practitioners (Part 2 of 5) (Graphic Images)