Police Officer Jumps In Front of Beijing Subway in Suicide

Baoding police officer jumps in front of a Beijing Subway Line 1 train to commit suicide.

From Sina Weibo:

@要上我请随便: #Subway Line 1 Passenger Falls on Tracks# Today at 7:05am, a man committed suicide at the Beijing Line 1 Subway Wukesong stop. This is the surveillance footage. @北京地铁’s [@BeijingSubway] statement [see below]

[Note: The above original video embedded in the microblog post was literally taken down during this translation. Below are various Chinese TV news reports that include the same video. One news report on QQ was also just taken down.]

From Sina Weibo:

Statement Concerning This Early Morning’s Incident at the Wukesong Statione

This morning at 7:05 on February 12th, at the Beijing Line 1 Subway Wukesong stop (Pingguoyuan to Sihuidong direction), a male passenger in his 50s jumped off the station platform. The 2045 train came to an emergency stop after 2 cars entered the station. At 7:08am, workers cut electricity to the contact rail in their response as well as contacted public security authorities and the 999 emergency medical response center. At the same time, the Line 1 Subway began turning trains back at the Gongzhufen station. After 999 first responders arrived at the scene, they confirmed that the passenger was dead. Because the space beneath the train is small and narrow, the passenger was unable to be extracted. At 7:20, power was restored to the contact rail, allowing the train to be moved a bit to help with the extraction, but the passenger’s body still was unable to be extracted, so workers temporarily moved the body to between the tracks. At 7:41am, train 2045 completely entered the station and then out to provide space for extracting the passenger’s body. At 7:50am, power was again cut to the contact rail for the extraction. At 7:53am, the passenger’s body was brought up to the platform. At 7:55am, power was restored to the contact rail, and normal operations for Line 1 was progressively restored. To minimize the impact to passengers’ journeys at other areas of Line 1, the line continued operations from Sihuidong to Gongzhufen.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


Yeah…I saw the video this deceased person had uploaded while he was alive. He was an upright kind-hearted person who had suffered false charges for reporting a corrupt official for taking bribes. He said in the video that if the relevant departments did not intervene to investigate, he would use his death to prove himself. He chose to commit suicide in order to get attention, so people would know. So those who are saying “to die quietly [without affecting others]”, “polluting the air”, “consider those around you”, if you do not understand a person’s past and experience, please do not make rash comments.


Sina Weibo is blocking the denouncing microblog post and video… fuck, this is what China is like!!!!!!! Ma Yongle!!! I hope everyone can help upvote this name up, even if what we can do is very limited. [泪] God will restore justice to you. [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛]


Those who keep criticizing him for inconveniencing others, please open your eyes and read the most popular comments, okay?! [Know] why he jumped! Simply rushing to criticize! And we want a fair society, it wasn’t he who dirtied the environment, it was the social environment who dirtied us! When others are clean and honest, you all cheer, but when someone really does step forward [as a whistleblower] they get no support. Lu Xun used an entire lifetime and still couldn’t cure you ignorant people.


You were whose father, whose husband, whose child. [蜡烛]


Watching the video, my heart is quite pained, and seeing how vicious the comments are is also quite heartbreaking. The suicide victim left a suicide video. He was a decorated police officer, ruthlessly persecuted of for discovering and reporting corruption, and him choosing this method to attract public attention was also out of desperation. Watching that sort of helplessness in his suicide video is truly depressing! Those who are asking/criticizing why he had to die in a way to affect the public, it is precisely because he wanted to attract the public’s attention to redress grievances! This is a sort of desperation due to having no other choice!


This person used his death to prove his innocence, used his death to report/denounce a guilty public security bureau chief with his real name [as opposed to anonymously]. Despite being a police officer, he was falsely accused, which to him, there is nothing worse or more painful. However, his microblog account has been quickly deleted, and those who know the truth are becoming less and less. I hope the injustice done to him can be undone, the bad guys punished, and his innocence as a member of the people’s police restored. That would be the biggest consolation to him. Rest in peace. [蜡烛]


Those who can take this step, have all suffered pain that the average person cannot endure.


If what is said in the popular comments about him reporting a corrupt official and being persecuted for it is true, please give the deceased justice. He gave up his life to demand justice, which makes him a brave person and not a coward, and should get everyone’s respect. [蜡烛]


Society has gotten so dark that even a police officer is jumping on the tracks to commit suicide, using their death to catalyze one’s own real-name report [of government malfeasance].


This is a Baoding police officer using his real name to report/denounce Public Security Bureau Chief Ma Yongle for taking bribes, begging for attention!


In the comments was a person who said he deserved it, that no one would mourn his death, that he polluted the air [atmosphere]. Fucking, it is fucking people like you who really should go die, how can you be so lacking in basic respect?!!!!!


Seeing most of the popular comments [earlier] telling the deceased to be conscientious and not inconvenience others, I’m floored. If someone wasn’t completely desperate, would they take this path of no return? How can you be sure you understand his life and criticize his values? In the face of death, one should keep their silence and reflect, instead of criticizing from some moral high ground. Perhaps the real difference is that I believe a person’s life belongs to themselves, while you people believe a person’s life belongs to the collective society.


Deng Chao makes a post and easily gets over 80,000 comments, but something this serious and solemn gets no one’s attention. What’s wrong with our countrymen?


This person used his real name to report/denounce Public Security Bureau chief Ma Yongle, and was persecuted for it. May those monitoring public sentiment online please quickly report this to their superiors. @中央新闻 [CCTV News]


A Baoding Police Officer Reports/Denounces Public Security Sub-Bureau Chief. Phoenix Online hasn’t blocked/taken down the video [see below]. Upvote this up, so everyone sees it!!


LVID_20150206_163446 This Beijing subway suicide victim’s final video appealing for justice, a police officer from our Baoding, who was persecuted for reporting [a superior for corruption]. For the relevant documents and materials, see @立春后的新希望


Real-name reporting, suicide by jumping on the track, just how big the injustice must be. [蜡烛]


The deceased is a Hebei police officer, who reported/denounced Hebei province Baoding city Public Security Bureau Chief Ma Yongle, using his death to prove himself. Watching the video he recorded is very painful. [蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛][蜡烛] Remember this name!! Ma Yongle!!! Bastard


You’re already in Beijing, if you have the courage to kill yourself, wouldn’t it be better to go take the corrupt official with you, and become a national hero!?


While it is said that suicide should not be promoted, using insults, cold-blooded apathy, and ridicule against the suicide victim to flaunt and demonstrate one’s “love for life” and “proactive self-improvement” is seriously disgusting.

In case the above video on Phoenix Online is taken down, here is a copy on YouTube:

In the video, he identifies himself, giving a brief history of when he joined the military and then the police force, the crimes he has investigated, criminals he has arrested, the injuries he has suffered, and the commendations and honors he has received.

He then explains that he has been falsely accused and persecuted by a local Police Security Sub-Bureau chief Ma Yongle for various crimes including taking bribes and abuse of power, leaving him no choice but to publicly report Ma Yongle under his real name [instead of anonymously].

He expresses his faith that the Communist Party will do right by him, that the Party and the people’s “eyes are clear”, and will not allow him to hide amongst the police ranks as “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.

He then “stresses” that if the “relevant departments” do not investigate Ma Yongle, he will use his own death to prove that Ma Yongle is guilty, not innocent, and so hopes the Disciplinary Inspection Committee will open an investigation.

Finally, he leaves a message to his mother and wife. He apologizes to his mother that he can not be a filial son and hopes she will take care of herself. He pauses on the brink of tears, and reassures her that her “good son is still a good son”. He apologizes to his wife, for all these years of working and not having “taken better care of her” (meaning not spending more time with her or providing her with a better life), and exhorts her to take good care of their small child. He vows to repay her two-fold if there is the opportunity in the future, visibly emotional.

Unable to go on, he ends the video.

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  • Zen my Ass

    That’s why security doors should be installed everywhere. I found the London subway absolutely dangerous and scary, all open and exposed… but that’s the issue when you have the oldest one around.

    • Ryo Saeba

      It’s not like he wouldn’t have found other ways to off himself in public. If it wasn’t the subway, it would of been a bus, a train, a bridge, a tall building, or other hundreds of ways to die.

      • James

        buses, trains, bridges, tall buildings, and guns should all have security doors

        • Markoff

          yeah, all knives should be rough and not sharp either

      • ClausRasmussen

        >> If it wasn’t the subway

        … then literally THOUSANDS of passengers wouldn’t be delayed!

        • Irvin

          He’s trying to make a statement with his life, the least they can do is be late for where ever they’re going.

          • Ryo Saeba

            Right. The man was trying to get people to notice the corruption in the government. After realizing this, I’m sure those that was effected being late would actually show some sympathy for the guy.

          • Markoff

            I would show more sympathy if he would just kill the corrupted officials instead of commiting suicide and doing nothing, this is what is wrong with Chinese thinking, instead of solving the problem by yourself commit suicide which will solves nothing…

          • don mario

            exactly.. do something useful if you are going to martyr yourself.

        • Ryo Saeba

          I think that was his point, to have people notice his death.

          The OP’s statement was having security doors would of prevented his death, but only at the subway. He could then jumped in front of a bus during rush hour, the road would of been closed, delaying people. Or he could of jumped off a bridge landing on a busy highway causing a similar effect.

          The people who are late because of this will likely talk about it at work, and cause people to do some research on the man, which means he have succeeded to get his point across using his life.

          • ClausRasmussen

            >> cause people to do some research

            I can tell you that as a commuter you get increasingly numb as to why they choose to take their life and increasingly exasperated over their choice to annoy you as they go out

    • Foreign Devil

      Yeah Toronto subway, being old has not barriers. . several jumping suicides per year.

  • 宋易

    “Glad we got rid of that guy,” said the police chief, as he lit a cigarette and returned to sleeping at his desk for the rest of the day.

  • FYIADragoon

    Damn shame.

  • Jahar

    Selfish way to kill yourself. Everyone’s gonna be late for work.

    • mistertibbs4u

      Some people will do anything for attention. and I wasn’t referring to the police officer.

      • Jahar

        Who are you referring to?

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          If you need an explanation, it doesn’t matter anymore…

    • he’s a fucking human being

      • Toasty

        A human being who thinks it’s acceptable to ruin the day of everyone on that train and all the trains coming after it, as well probably traumatize the driver for life! It’s an extremely selfish way to do it.

      • Jahar

        You’re implying that humans are generally selfish?

      • James


    • JayJay

      Isn’t it the point? to publicise his death?

      • David


  • AbC

    Sad that he had to resort to killing himself to prove a point. Let’s hope someone high up can now investigate his claim.

    • Nat

      It “proved” nothing. If action gets taken, then it means suicide is effective; this may send the wrong message to people and encourage more suicides.

      …but yes, it’s sad. and yes, hopefully someone will open up an investigation. sigh.

      • Irvin

        You forgot that china is overpopulated, action maybe taken just to show that suicide works.

    • ClausRasmussen

      It only proved he was mentally unstable, weakening his accusations

    • Markoff

      it proved he was some crazy guy, who was coward instead of taking justice in his hands and serve it swiftly with gun…

  • The police have so far ruled this a suicide

    • meow meow meow

      AND romance of the 3 Kingdoms, Monkey King…. Why not REALLY fuck shit up?

  • diverdude7

    wow. lot more nerve than I have. I can’t barely tolerate the smallest injury and this guy jumps in front of a moving train !?!?!?! Damn, it must have crushed/cut him into mince-meat.

    • Markoff

      I don’t think so, you will be unconscious already at impact from train at initial crash, what happens later with your body ain’t that important, unless you are really unlucky to stay conscious

  • Free Man

    He burned up his life for bringing attention to what? That some people are fucked up and screwing others? If he had dedicated his entire life until a natural death to such a cause, I’d given kudos. But suicide is stupid.

    He admitted defeat by killing himself and thought he’d piss on everyone a last time before checking out. I am not saying anything about who he was or what else he did, but killing yourself is no way of doing something or telling someone, its plain defeat of one’s will to go on. Im sorry for those he left behind, but not for him, he’s got no pain anymore.

    • simon

      You obviously don’t understand the judicial process in China, this guy had balls and the conviction to die for what he felt was injustice. I give props to him

      • James

        he should have taken some corrupt bastards with him.

        • Irvin

          Maybe he’s “lawful good” instead of “chaotic good”.

          • meow meow meow

            Someone needs to really make a movie about a Zombie Chinese cop who is empowered by Guan Yu to fuck everything up…. Just like “Maniac Cop”.

          • Irvin

            I’ll watch that.

      • Free Man

        Obviously I understand them much better than you. He’s dead, which means nothing will happen after that. He’s lost the fight because he gave up. He didn’t give his life to do anything but admit defeat. You think this public attention he pulled by killing himself will last or change anything? Then you know nothing about China.

        • mr.wiener

          The protest by suicide against corruption has been around since that Song dynasty(?) official threw himself in the river and now we race dragon boats and eat sticky rice dumplings to remember him. Most Chinese know his name , but less would know the name of the emperor he was protesting to and why.
          It is cliche,butvat the end of the day it comes down to face.

          • Nat

            he didn’t kill himself to protest corruption. he killed himself to protest his innocence. this dying-to-prove-one’s-innocence mentality has indeed been around a long time. it’s not about face (you can’t save face by dying); rather, it’s a matter of personal reputation–these two concepts may seem similar to you, but it’s really different…how shall i explain this? ah nevermind, you ain’t Chinese; you can’t understand =p

        • simon

          No you don’t, he would have gotten nowhere if he tried official channels and obviously from his action of suicide he pretty much tried all forms of avenues to plead his case. In the end he chose the only way that would bring it to national attention. I’m quite certain as we’re speaking the powers that be are looking into this case. That Ma Yongle fella has probably been shitting his pants this past few days.

          • Free Man

            He got nowhere with his suicide. That little attention he got won’t last and in a month noone will remember him, but his family who he has left behind on his own accord. You wish it would change something, but even if someone goes to jail, what did he change? Nothing. Everyone keeps on going like before. Sad, but no one said, that life is a non-stop party.

      • Markoff

        if he would have balls he would punish those corrupted officials with his own gun/explosives whatever, he just proved he was typical Chinese coward expecting somebody doing the dirty job instead of him

    • Ryo Saeba

      He was “falsely accused and persecuted by a local Police Security Sub-Bureau,” so I think he was going to jail?

      Delaying people to get notice in government corruption is honorable since most people aren’t for government corruption. Sadly, this will probably be forgotten in a week or two.

    • Guest

      Even in the west, the police would often ignore a serial rapist until he kills someone, a dead body is something that always have to be accounted for the way no living voice can be dismissed as nothing. Now that he has killed himself as threatened, they can’t say he’s just accepting foreign money to cause trouble.

  • Mighty曹

    Too sad. The good ones always seem to pay the price. Also, will his kid grow up to see his father as a ‘hero’ or will his family now endure long lasting repercussions from the police dog whom he exposed?

    • left nut

      The guy dedicated his life to service and I hope his death will bring attention to his case, but more importantly… I sincerely hope his kid grow up to see him as a ‘hero’…

      • Mighty曹

        Yah, I hope his and other kids learn from this and steer away from corruption in adulthood.

  • meow meow meow

    Damn his C.O. (Ma), really is a dirty bastard.. This guy was an honest cop a rarity in China…. I won’t be blaming the Japanese on this one…

  • Ah good ol Wukesong. Used to go through there a lot in my Beijing decade to get camera and film supplies at the photo mega market. I have nothing else to add to the story though.

  • Markoff

    stupid, if you see nobody cares about solving case you reported and you intend commit suicide why just don’t take justice in your own hands and not kill the corrupted pig by yourself?

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