Jun Wang (nicknamed Paul) was born the youngest of six children, to parents who were both aerospace engineers. His parents named him “Zhongliu Wang,” which translated from Chinese means “important” and the number 6. His parents predicted that his birth as the sixth child would make him a very important person in this world. Later he changed his name to “Jun Wang,” meaning “king.” He was a very compassionate man, who cared for all those around him and was loved by many. Jun was a talented artist from the beginning of his life, creating many beautiful drawings of what he saw in the world. He loved people, nature, and life.
Jun was a hard worker, and worked to give his family members the best life possible. When his illness was under control, he would work up to 14 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week! He was always so supportive of his family, nieces, and nephews. Jun loved the world as his family, too. In 1989 he risked his life participating in the student movement in China to promote US democracy. He was persecuted for his involvement, and as a result suffered from severe symptoms and chronic mental illness.
In 2016, Jun had lived in the United States for 21 years. He lived in northeast Ohio and was close with his sister, Julia, who helped him access the resources and healthcare he needed to live his best life. In October of 2016, he was suffering a severe mental health episode and his sister was trying to act as his guardian to get him into hospitalized care when the North Royalton Police Department responded to his house. Jun was eating a plate of cheese and crackers, and watching television. Officers rushed into the house, screamed and yelled at him which scared Jun, and he ran to an upstairs bedroom where he was thrown to the ground and handcuffed. While he was handcuffed, in custody, on the floor of that bedroom, he was brutally executed.
The North Royalton Police Department sent two patrolmen Kimmel and McDonald who intentionally went against the training Attorney General offered and of which the certificates were issued by Attorney General in 2012 in re: de-escalating mental health crisis, Kimmel intentionally countermanded the sergeant's order for EMS. NRPD then failed to help Jun access the hospital, as Julia had requested multiple times. Jun’s medical access was denied, probate court order procedures were completely violated. When probate court order is medical assistance order not criminal arrest order and mental illness is not crime, Kimmel and McDonald decided to go against probate court order procedures, prejudiced against Jun and denied Jun's medical access, intentionally and wrongfully treated him as criminal and unlawfully, brutally executed him when he was not criminal but was very ill and desperately in need of the medical assistance probate court ordered for him.
Since that night, NRPD has given false reports to the Public and County Sheriffs about Jun’s murder, what took place, and when. Homicide evidence in Jun’s case has been illegally sent to the NRPD by County Sheriffs to hide the facts about what happened when ORC 131.09 and ORC 131.10 require the Sheriff and ME keep the homicide evidence not NRPD who is defendant for the homicide matter. The reports filed by NRPD are directly contradicted by information from the coroner’s report. No one has yet been held accountable for the murder of our brother Jun.
Together we must demand:
1. The murder evidence the Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department illegally gave to Defendant North Royalton Police Department be returned back to the medical examiner.
2. Patrolmen Jason Kimmel and Kip McDonald be prosecuted and no longer be armed police officers in any of our communities.
3. Michael O’Malley and Dean Holman be disciplined and removed from their posts.
Justice for Jun will require much more than the bare minimum of legal justice we want to see. Justice for Jun means a safer, more equitable, and more just world for all people living with mental illness. Justice for Jun means more resources for healthcare, as well as emotional, mental, and behavioral care, for all those living with mental illness. It means support and resources for the family members and caregivers who support people living with mental illness. Justice for Jun means that our communities come together in support of all those living with mental illness, and demand an end to the violence that takes place too often at the hands of the police.
Jun's case clearly shows a need for increased transparency and accountability at every level. The North Royalton Police Department, Cuyahoga Sheriff's Office, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office are all responsible for the murder of Jun and the miscarriage of justice that has taken place since. The police officers who shot Jun have faced no consequences even though they broke department procedure, probate court orders, CIT trainings, and Ohio Revised Code rights.
All people living with mental illness deserve dignity, respect, and access to comprehensive healthcare and lifestyle support.
For better public health and improved public safety, we advocate for a health-first approach in all policing and crisis services.
By securing justice for Jun, we can make our community safer by removing two police officers who committed murder from our streets, and asking for equal justice under the law for all those living with mental illness.
How hard it is to ask him if he is ok instead of killing him?
The three deputies at Washington County were fired but after five years since Oct 28th, 2016 the two officers at North Royalton Police Dept, North Royalton, OH murdered Jun Wang, later the city and the police dept have been cooking up the stories to cover up their wrong doings for five years still are employed with firearm, still posting the imminent danger to the vulnerable any time. When can they be held accountable for their wrongdoings and their behaviors of being lack of transparency?
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