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05-02-12, 10:59 PM #1
Daniel Chong Drank Urine To Survive 5 Days In Holding Cell Without Food, Water
An innocent California student was placed in a holding cell after his buddy's house was raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and ended up spending nearly five days in his dark prison without food, water or human contact.
Danny Chong, 24, had been told that he was going to be released on April 20 -- the same day he was detained -- because he wasn't charged with any crime.
Officers reportedly forgot about him. He told NBC that he was forced to drink his own urine for hydration and ended up carving his own flesh with glass in a fit of psychosis.
"I had to do what I had to do to survive," he told the station on Tuesday. "I was completely insane."
Chong's horrific -- and accidental -- stay in the dark holding cell began on April 20, when agents raided a home that Chong where hanging out near UC San Diego. DEA officials said they found some 18,000 ecstasy pills at the home, but that Chong wasn't involved. He was brought in for questioning, but never formally arrested or charged, according to U-T San Diego.
He was supposed to leave his detention the same day. One officer even offered him a ride home.
But he was forgotten inside his 5-foot-by-10-foot, windowless enclosure.
He kicked, screamed and cried as the days passed. He could hear DEA agents on the other side of his heavy door, but they apparently couldn't hear him. He didn't have food, water or a bathroom.
At one point Chong went so "insane" he broke his glasses with his teeth and carved "Sorry Mom" into his arm.
By day five -- when corrections officers finally heard Chong's screams for help -- he'd been hallucinating and even attempted to eat broken glass, NBC reported.
When agents finally found Chong, he was incoherent and had to be taken to the hospital, according to the Associated Press. He was treated for a perforated lung -- an injury consistent with someone who has eaten glass.
The student's lawyer compared his detention to the famous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Chong is considering filing a civil lawsuit against the DEA.
The DEA maintains that the incident was accidental and isolated, but hasn't elaborated.
Update: The Drug Enforcement Administration has apologized to Danny Chong after he spent five days in a holding cell without food, water or a toilet, the LA Times reported.
"I extend my deepest apologies [to] the young man and want to express that this event is not indicative of the high standards that I hold my employees to," William Sherman, special agent in charge of the San Diego division of the DEA, said in a statement. He added that he has ordered "an extensive review" of DEA procedures.
If this is true then any person that at any point had control of that man or was in any way responsible for him should lose their job.
What worries me is that if Eric Holder's office handles this, it was be an even bigger fiasco. Especially sense his office has made the statement in the past that they will never prosecute minorities for civil rights violations."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
05-02-12, 11:07 PM #2
How in the hell do you forget that you locked someone up?
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05-02-12, 11:23 PM #3
Oooo, thats gunna cost them"Contrary to popular belief, you will not rise to the occasion, but will fall to the level of your training"
05-02-12, 11:34 PM #4
Nobody dropped the ball on this one. It was spiked in the end zone. (look at that. I made a sports analogy)Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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Well, I know of an incident where another federal agency put the cuffs on something like 12 people, and left, taking 11. Leaving one in timeout in a closet in a house, apparently.Voting against incumbents until we get a Congress that does its job.
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05-03-12, 11:13 AM #6
End of Statement.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
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05-03-12, 01:29 PM #7
5 days. Holy shit. I have a feeling that if there isn't a policy in place of checking on detainees after a period of time, and/or a requirement to have constant visual CCTV coverage like detentions centers in nearly every other civilized part of the US, some heads are gonna roll at the top too."If anything worthwhile comes of this tragedy, it should be the realization by every citizen that often the only thing that stands between them and losing everything they hold dear... is the man wearing a badge." -- Ronald Reagan, in the wake of the deaths of 4 CHP troopers in the Newhall Incident, 1970
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