74-year-old Retired Teacher Savagely Beaten by Police
(Minghui.org) A 74-year-old retired high school teacher was beaten and abused by police for his faith in Falun Gong, a mind-body practice that has been persecuted by the Chinese communist regime since 1999. Mr. Lei Zhengxia's wife was also arrested for trying to stop the police from arresting him.
Mr. Lei and his wife Ms. Li Weiqun are residents of Chongqing. They went to Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province earlier this year to help their daughter care for her newborn baby.
Six officers broke into Mr. Lei’s daughter’s home at around 10:00 a.m. on September 4, 2020. As Mr. Lei resisted the police’s attempt to arrest him, three officers pushed him to the sofa, handcuffed his hands behind his back, and took off his glasses. Two other officers dragged him outside and shoved him into the police car. One of his shoes fell off during the ordeal.
As Ms. Li was trying to stop the police from arresting her husband, she was also pushed to the ground. The police handcuffed her right arm and also took her to the police station.
The couple’s daughter, who was holding her ten-month old baby, attempted to stop the police from beating her mother. Both she and the baby were terrified and burst into tears.
After the elderly couple were brought to the Kaiyuanlu Police Station, Wang Guoqing, a 24-year-old officer, tore up the photo of Falun Gong’s founder, that was confiscated from Mr. Lei, and verbally abused him and Falun Gong.
The police then took the couple to the interrogation room. Officer Wang handcuffed Mr. Lei and attempted to force him to press his fingerprints on the interrogation record. When Mr. Lei refused to comply, Wang pushed him to a corner of the room, punched him in the chest, hit his neck with the edge of his hand, and slammed his head against the wall. Wang also attempted to strike Mr. Lei’s legs with his knees, but was stopped by Ms. Li.
Wang turned around, grabbed Ms. Li’s hair and attempted to beat her. She shouted at him, “How dare you!” Wang let go of Ms. Li’s hair, but grabbed a rubber plate and hit it hard against Mr. Lei’s cuffed hands. He left afterwards, despite that Mr. Lei’s wrists were bleeding from the hit.
In the afternoon, the police interrogated Ms. Li and released her at around 6:00 p.m.
Mr. Lei was taken to a hospital in the evening for a physical examination. The police interrogated him again after returning. He still refused to sign the interrogation record.
After 35 hours of detention, Mr. Lei was released at around 9:00 p.m. the next day. The police did not remove his handcuffs until then.
Mr. Lei has been arrested and detained multiples times since the communist regime ordered the persecution of Falun Gong in 1999. He was arrested in the summer of 2008 for installing a satellite dish for a local resident. The police savagely beat him about his stomach, chest, and other vital parts of his body. Many of his internal organs were severely damaged, and his stomach ruptured.
Mr. Lei was arrested again on April 2, 2009 and sentenced to a three-year prison term after being detained for seven months.