05-05-2012, 08:37 PM #1
College student forgotten in DEA cell for four days without food, water, toilet
SAN DIEGO — A California engineering student says he was left alone in a federal holding cell for four days with no food or water, apparently forgotten by the federal drug agents who detained him.
Daniel Chong, a senior at the University of California at San Diego, said he was swept up in a Drug Enforcement Administration raid near campus and was taken to a detention facility. After questioning, he was told he would be released.
Then the DEA left him locked inside a 5-by-10-foot windowless cell.
He screamed. He kicked madly at the door. He cried like a baby......
"It's impossible to describe hallucinations like these," he said. "I was completely insane."
Chong was rushed to a nearby hospital where he spent five more days recovering from problems including kidney failure, dehydration and a perforated esophagus that was the result of swallowing the broken glass.
He was not charged with any crimes.
Chong's attorneys filed a $20 million claim against the DEA on Wednesday, saying his treatment constitutes torture under U.S. and international law.
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05-05-2012, 08:49 PM #2
Horrendous...and frightening. This poor young man will likely suffer from PTSD or similar for years after an experience like this.
And all because he went to smoke some pot. Yeah, I realize there was a weapons and E bust at the house, but damn. We really need to rethink the insanity that is the "war on drugs", IMO.“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero
05-05-2012, 09:00 PM #3Registered User
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I hope his jailors have to pay him plenty for what they did to him, and pay his medical expenses too.
05-06-2012, 09:18 AM #4
WOW WOW WOW. What a nightmare for this poor man. I actually have no words. Looks like to me some agents need to be removed. I am glad he is suing, and the DEA is looking into new procedures.
05-06-2012, 09:50 PM #5
Sept. 18, 1997 - May 26 2012
Rest peacefully my love I'll forever miss you.
05-06-2012, 10:53 PM #6
Days crawled by. No food. No water. No bathroom. He remembers biting his eyeglasses and using the broken shards to scrawl a note onto his left arm.
"Sorry Mom," he tried to write. He stopped after the "S,'' too weak to continue...............
In utter confusion, Chong said, he ate some of the broken glass he had used to slice his arm. He also ingested a white powdery substance the DEA said had been left in the cell inadvertently.
05-07-2012, 12:52 AM #7
"In utter confusion, Chong said, he ate some of the broken glass he had used to slice his arm. He also ingested a white powdery substance the DEA said had been left in the cell inadvertently."
I understand that the broken glass came from his eyeglasses, but I'm puzzled as to why/how meth was inadvertently left in the cell, apparently by the DEA. So they just leave it laying around?? Makes no sense to me.
05-07-2012, 03:31 PM #8
So, the DEA left drugs (maybe drugs) in a holding cell. Huge mistake one and two. I count it as two, because not only were there drugs available to anyone later in that cell, they let someone walk on the charge of bringing drugs into a federal facility. Mistake three, they nearly killed a guy by locking him in a cell and just forgetting about it.
And people ask why I don't trust the government...right here, folks.JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.