Fri, Sep 22, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Chung Chang-hai's relatives condemn police shooting

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Relatives of Chung Chang-hai (仲長海), who was shot dead by police on Sunday, yesterday accused the officers of over-reacting by firing a total of 51 shots while chasing Chung's car.

Chung's father and older sister criticized the police at a press conference called by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Ching-hua (李慶華).

"The police buy their guns with the money the public earn by the sweat of their brows, and now they use the guns to slaughter people. They didn't use the guns to protect people. It's simply unbearable," the elder Chung cried.

"I don't know what else I could say. I am an old man, more than 80 years old ... The behavior of the police was worse than that of a bandit," he said.

Chung's sister said the police should not have killed her brother.

"Even if he was a criminal, he deserved the chance to be brought to trial. I will seek justice for my unfairly treated brother," she said.

Hsueh Ching-lien (薛清蓮), director of Taipei City Police Department's Wanhua Police District, said on Monday that Chung had been hit in the stomach and legs by five shots.

Chung died in an ambulance on the way to a nearby hospital.

Hsueh said the police had received a tip that Chung might be carrying firearms and only gave chase after he tried to evade an inspection.

Officers shot at his vehicle after Chung refused to leave the car and had rammed police cars a number of times.

Lee, however, said that the police shouldn't abuse their power.

Prosecutors are investigating the incident.

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