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Student Left And Forgotten In Holding Cell For Five Days Gets Apology

4:50 am - 05/03/2012

Daniel Chong, a California college senior who "was left alone in a federal holding cell for five days with no food or water," now at least has an apology from the Drug Enforcement Adminstration.

That likely won't make up for having to drink his urine to survive, as Chong spoke of to reporters on Tuesday.

Chong is a University of California, San Diego, senior engineering student. According to Fox5SanDiego.com, he "was detained for questioning along with eight other people during an April 21 raid in which agents seized guns, ammunition and various drugs."

Chong, who faces no charges related to the raid, says he suffered hallucinations during the five days. "I was completely insane," he said Tuesday, according to The San Diego Union Tribune. No one heard his shouts for help.

At one point, Chong said, he tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrists with the broken shards of his eyeglasses.

Today, The Associated Press reports, "DEA San Diego Acting Special Agent-In-Charge William R. Sherman said in a statement that he was troubled by the treatment of Daniel Chong and extended his 'deepest apologies' to him."

One hopes that somewhat more than an apology is coming - 'so sorry - we gave you 5 days of hell and nearly killed you* with it; have a nice life and please don't sue us.'
*it's pretty impressive to manage to survive 5 days with no water
nesmith 3rd-May-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
If I ruled the world he'd get twenty million PER.
imnotasquirrel 4th-May-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, for sure. This sort of thing is probably gonna leave scars. $20m actually seemed a bit on the low end considering what this guy went through, although I'm sure we'll see people complaining about how he's being ~greedy.
nesmith 4th-May-2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Considering how many people who win big settlements never see a penny (because a lot of times judgments get overturned) or get little payouts over years and years those people can kiss his ass. Punitive punishments are supposed to hit the liable party where it hurts, and fining them a couple hundred bucks won't do it.
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