Student Who Was ‘Forgotten’ By DEA Sues US Government for $20 Million

 by lucy

College student Daniel Chong was forgotten in a cell by DEA agents after being arrested in San Diego on April 21st at the scene of a narcotics bust.  Chong remained handcuffed in the cell for four and a half days before he was discovered by agents, an act that Chong’s lawyers are now calling “torture.”

During the narcotics bust, nine suspects were brought in by DEA agents, but the rest of the suspects were either brought to jail or released on the same day.  Agents told Chong that they would bring him home later that day, but they never returned to his 5 foot by 10 foot cell.

Chong was kept in confinement, sometimes in complete darkness, with no water and no food. The student was forced to drink his own urine to survive and almost went into kidney failure.  While left in the holding cell, Chong said that he could hear agents talking and called out to them, but no one came to his cell.  He spent 5 days in the hospital after being discovered by agents who then called an ambulance.

Acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA office in San Diego William R. Sherman said of the incident, “I am deeply troubled by the incident that occurred here last week.  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.  I have personally ordered an extensive review of our policies and procedures.”

Chong is now suing the federal government for $20 million.  The claim against the US government says, “The deprivation of food and water for four and a half days while the person is handcuffed the entire time constitutes torture under both international and domestic law.”

In response to the DEA agents’ actions, San Diego NORML will be holding a protest on Monday, May 7th at 4:20 PM at the San Diego DEA office.  The address of the office is 4560 Viewridge Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123.  Go to the peaceful protest to show your condemnation of the DEA’s actions.  NORML invites you to bring a sign, banner, megaphone, or anything else that will help to publicize the message.


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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    JonoMcD said on May 4, 2012


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    SkinZ said on May 4, 2012

    Crazy. I hope he wins. That is beyond, bullshit. Forgot ?? Where was he the closet.

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    Kenobi said on May 4, 2012

    This is sickening. I live in San Diego, I will definitely be going to this peaceful rally.

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    KjDevlin said on May 4, 2012

    I agree, I hope he wins.

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    NEOX187 said on May 5, 2012

    would love to show some support but sice i life in germany i can´t make it peace and pot :)

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    DocDabALot said on May 5, 2012

    Okay first off…
    That's fucked up.
    But $20million fucking dollars?
    Please tell me why he needs that much money.
    Everyone seems to be in agreement that this guys is deserving of that amount!
    Thats our tax dollars he's getting.
    The governments not personally going to reach in their pockets to pay this guy.
    I say we tax the shit out of the top 5% of the wealthy.
    And they can pay this guy.

    And then someone else will sue and he can pay them.
    I'm not paying taxes anymore.
    Fuck this.

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    DocDabALot said on May 5, 2012

    I'd be more than happy to sit in a closet and drink my own piss for four days,
    If you're giving me 20million bucks…
    No fucking problem.

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    mchale420 said on May 5, 2012

    they should have the people who were responsible drink their own piss for a couple days then see whats what. sometimes the shadiness of our government is astonishing.

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    ItsDanD said on May 5, 2012


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    roadkill said on May 9, 2012

    so i guess 20 mil is what a human life cost now a days who care if its tax payer money. id rather have our tax money go to this guy, who almost died. not the goverment. the goverment is just gona piss the money a way on dumb shit.

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    Josh said on May 15, 2012

    With this one incident alone, the DEA has done more damage to humankind than marijuana has ever done in the history of the planet.

    That's pretty fucking sad.

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