Student abandoned in DEA cell for 4 days to get $4.1 million settlement from U.S.

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How the hell do you forget you locked someone in a cell?

SAN DIEGO — An attorney for the man who was abandoned in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for four days without food or water says his client has agreed to settle claims for $4.1 million.
Daniel Chong's attorney, Eugene Iredale, said Tuesday that no one has yet been disciplined for the April 2012 incident and no criminal charges will be filed.
Iredale says the Justice Department's inspector general is investigating what caused Chong's near-death experience, but that he still has no answers.
Chong's attorneys say the DEA had no policy on the treatment of detainees at the time. It does now, and that policy includes cameras in cells and daily inspections.
Chong says he drank his own urine to stay alive and tried to write a farewell message to his mother with his own blood.
The Justice Department will pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for four days without food or water last year, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Daniel Chong, 23, was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left in the 5-by-10-foot windowless holding cell. He said he drank his own urine to stay alive and tried to write a farewell message to his mother with his own blood.
The people familiar with the case spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the settlement before it was announced Tuesday morning at a news conference.
Chong, who was an engineering student at University of California, San Diego, was at a friend's house in April 2012 when a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raid netted 18,000 ecstasy pills, other drugs and weapons. Chong and eight others were taken into custody.
Agents told Chong he would not be charged and had him wait in the cell at DEA offices in San Diego. The door did not reopen for four days, when agents found him severely dehydrated and covered in his own feces.
Chong said he began to hallucinate on the third day. He urinated on a metal bench to drink his urine. He stacked a blanket, his pants and shoes on the bench and tried to reach an overhead fire sprinkler, futilely swatting at it with his cuffed hands to set it off.
Chong said last year that he gave up and accepted death. He bit into his eyeglasses to break them. He said he used a shard of glass to carve "Sorry Mom" onto his arm so he could leave something for her. He managed to finish an "S."
Chong was hospitalized for five days for dehydration, kidney failure, cramps and a perforated esophagus. He lost 15 pounds.
The DEA issued a rare public apology at the time.
Chong's attorney, Eugene Iredale, said Monday that he would announce "an important development" Tuesday, little more than a year after filing a $20 million claim against the federal government.
A DEA spokesman, Rusty Payne, referred questions Monday to the Justice Department, which handled settlement negotiations. A call to the Justice Department's public affairs office was not returned.


Read more: Student abandoned in DEA cell for 4 days to get $4.1 million settlement from U.S.  - NY Daily News
 

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He had 18,000 ecstasy pills. Each one of those could have potentially killed someone..
 

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Well there's a bargain that I would take any day. A million bucks for each of the four days I sat on my ass. I'd host a party for the entire DEA office after such a settlement. I have a feeling that this person wants both the money and the pissedness factor.
 

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Just noticed the source. The distinguished NY Daily News. I'm sure a Pulitzer is in the works.
 

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He had 18,000 ecstasy pills. Each one of those could have potentially killed someone..

The article doesn't say he had 18,000 ecstasy pills.

It says they told him he would not be charged. I take that to mean he did not have 18,000 pills.
 

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4 million? What a prick. They apologized.

OK who else is thinking "looks like a good deal for 4 million"?

Also... Why can't news outlets just go to the point instead of repeating almost the exact same paragraph 3 or 4 times adding 1 or 2 new words each time? More and more news outlets do this kind of stuff :

"News outlets just repeat the same over and over before giving us a clear picture of what happened, said a mlp member on Thursday.
An enraged mlp member said last Thursday most news outlets repeat the same over and over instead of just giving us a clear picture of what happened.
Mlp member Thundergod has come forward and said news outlets repeat almost the same thing paragraph after paragraph without telling the main story or giving any important details.
Mlp is an online community where a member whined about how news outlets can't just shoot."

It's stupid.
 

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forgotten about for 4 days in a cell with no food or water is pretty heavy, especially as they told him he wasn't going to be charged. Four days without water in San Diego could easily kill you.
 

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Question of the day, would you not eat or drink anything except your own piss for 4 days for 4 million bucks?
 

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For easy 4 million dollars?

I better not say anything ban-worthy. :laugh2:
 

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forgotten about for 4 days in a cell with no food or water is pretty heavy, especially as they told him he wasn't going to be charged. Four days without water in San Diego could easily kill you.

It probably would kill you. Yet here he is, alive and well and litigating. I smell a little bullshit in the air.
 

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Umm kidney failure, perf'd esophagus......yeah he just should have accepted an apology.
As far as the pills, as Roman said, selective reading. He wasn't in possession, he was a guest at the house with 8 other people.
 

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Also, I love how the tabloid headline opens with "Student.". Not that they're shopping for the most sympathetic subject possible or anything like that...
 

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