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DEA apologizes to student who says he drank his urine to survive
Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/2/12 | Kim Christensen and Tony Perry

Posted on 05/02/2012 2:23:47 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

The Drug Enforcement Administration has apologized to a San Diego college student who said he drank his own urine to survive after being left in a holding cell for five days without food, water or access to a toilet.

The man, identified by news outlets as 23-year-old UC San Diego engineering student Daniel Chong, was “accidentally” left in the holding cell after he and eight other people were detained for questioning following an April 21 raid in which agents found guns, ammunition and an array of drugs, including 18,000 ecstasy pills, the DEA said.

“I am deeply troubled by the incident that occurred here last week,” William R. Sherman, acting special agent in charge of DEA's San Diego Division, said in a statement Wednesday.

“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,” Sherman said, adding he has ordered “an extensive review” of DEA policies and procedures.

Identified by the DEA only as “the individual in question,” Chong and the others were swept up during a raid of a suspected ecstasy distribution operation and taken to DEA area headquarters, the agency said.

All of the suspects were fingerprinted, photographed and interviewed individually, as agents moved them among the five cells at the DEA post.

After processing, seven of the nine were taken to a county detention facility, one was released and Chong was “accidentally left in one of the cells,” the DEA said, without elaborating.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: apologizes; dea; drankurine; student; ucsd; urine
oops.
1 posted on 05/02/2012 2:23:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Think he’ll be involved in an Ecstasy distribution ring anymore?


2 posted on 05/02/2012 2:27:53 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: NormsRevenge

The article says there were only five cells at the DEA post. This is tantamount to locking him up to die. Heads should roll.


3 posted on 05/02/2012 2:28:18 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: NormsRevenge
I'm going to guess that Mr. Chong will be graduating from college debt free and possibly be buying some lawyer a new BMW in the process.
4 posted on 05/02/2012 2:39:47 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: NormsRevenge

The DEA agents were on drugs.


5 posted on 05/02/2012 2:45:17 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: NormsRevenge

Oh, well they apologized.

That makes EVERyTHING aaallll bettter!!


6 posted on 05/02/2012 2:57:17 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: kearnyirish2

I doubt he was involved in ecstasy distribution in the first place. Since he wasn’t processed and moved to a jail, I think more likely than not he is a recreational drug user who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.


7 posted on 05/02/2012 2:58:05 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: NormsRevenge
He was obviously involved in drugs. The DEA doesn't owe him or anyone else an apology.

End drug-warrior speak.

8 posted on 05/02/2012 3:00:58 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: NormsRevenge

Maybe the DEA things euthanasia is for Asians only.


9 posted on 05/02/2012 3:02:37 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: NormsRevenge
So they busted Chong for drugs and left him in a cell for five days without food water or a toilet.

Where was his buddy Cheech?

10 posted on 05/02/2012 3:04:49 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to DC to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: GSWarrior
The DEA doesn't owe him or anyone else an apology.

If "original intent" counts for anything at all, they at least owe James Madison one.

11 posted on 05/02/2012 3:07:41 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: GSWarrior
The DEA doesn't owe him or anyone else an apology.

If "original intent" counts for anything at all, they at least owe James Madison one.

12 posted on 05/02/2012 3:08:03 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: kearnyirish2
Think he’ll be involved in an Ecstasy distribution ring anymore?

After the multiple millions of dollars he'll make from the lawsuit he won't have to distribute illegal drugs....

13 posted on 05/02/2012 3:08:17 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: GSWarrior
So the mental defectives with guns and badges get to decide everything?

Is this a great country or what??!!

14 posted on 05/02/2012 3:09:45 PM PDT by starlifter (Pullum sapit)
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To: GSWarrior
He was obviously involved in drugs. The DEA doesn't owe him or anyone else an apology.

They won't have to apologize, but they will have to give him lots of taxpayer money....

15 posted on 05/02/2012 3:11:57 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: NormsRevenge

Outrageous! They happened to leave some white power in the cell with him. In addition he could hear their voices outside the cell and they couldn’t hear him yelling for help?

I am not so certain this was an accident.


16 posted on 05/02/2012 3:13:30 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: GSWarrior
End drug-warrior speak.

Wouldn't that be nice? The world has seen enough totalitarianism.

17 posted on 05/02/2012 3:18:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It is past time to end the shield against PERSONAL criminal and civil liability for law enforcement. Abuses such as these will only stop when cops, and federal agents end up in orange jump suits. Not fired, not suspended. Jailed and placed in general population of max security.

Just this week a guy was arrested and jailed for using counterfeit currency. Turns out it was an old bill. The officer apologized and the suspect was released. Just another day at the office for the Police Officer. A life changing horror for the innocent suspect.

These guys won’t be so arrogant and quick to arrest citizens if a few of them go to a maximum security prison and enjoy the other side, and have civil judgments rendered against them such that they are forced into personal bankruptcy.

We need personal criminal and civil culpability for law enforcement and district Attorney’s. It would change the world we live in and change it RIGHT NOW!


18 posted on 05/02/2012 3:19:16 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: DariusBane

“We need personal criminal and civil culpability for law enforcement and district Attorney’s.”

I’d settle for an independent review agency that had the power to pull these guys badges. If you had even that you’d see a huge change in the attitude of these guys. As it is you don’t even get that as most “internal” investigations are just cover ups.


19 posted on 05/02/2012 3:26:37 PM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: allmendream
Hay they gave him free meth and he got crazy.
20 posted on 05/02/2012 3:38:11 PM PDT by Domangart
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To: DariusBane

I got an old bill recently. The color is much darker and the paper feels different. I happened to recognize it as a silver certificate and kept it.


21 posted on 05/02/2012 3:42:25 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: NormsRevenge
“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,” Sherman

HAHAHA! When austerity hits and drug warriors are forced to find honest work, this guy could make it on Comedy Central!

22 posted on 05/02/2012 3:48:58 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s criminal to lock someone up and deny them their basic rights of food water and a bathroom....everyone of these JBT should be charged with attempted murder ....

There is NO plausible excuse for forgetting you locked someone up and leave them there for five days.....without once checking on him...

People go to jail for treating their dog that way....


23 posted on 05/02/2012 3:54:13 PM PDT by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: kearnyirish2
Think he’ll be involved in an Ecstasy distribution ring anymore?

My guess is 'NO'.

Do you think the police officers responsible will lose their jobs or be prosecuted?

Do you think they should?

24 posted on 05/02/2012 4:03:24 PM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: NormsRevenge
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~~ WHOA.....Let's check this out correctly: ~~

Had 18,000 ecstasy pills and no charges made against him? ....CHECK

DEA screwed something up? ....Check.

DEA belongs to Eric Holder?....Check.

Eric Holder is an unindicted accessory to murder?....CHECK.

Yeppers.......nothing to see here. Keep it moving, folks.

25 posted on 05/02/2012 4:05:05 PM PDT by jmax (Ahhhh...life is so frigging good in the obama nation.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The purpose of urination is elimination of waste salts —urine is salty. Drinking urine would be to drink salt. Each pee iteration would yield saltier urine so after 5 days that strategy might actually speed death.

It’s still a super shocking story, but FIVE days with NO water...?

I’m pretty sure he should be dead.


26 posted on 05/02/2012 4:06:22 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: NormsRevenge

He’s going to be rich. This is open and shut.

I don’t care what the reason, leaving a man in a cell to die is unacceptable. You can sentence him to death, but this?

He earned every penny.


27 posted on 05/02/2012 4:07:23 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thats one way to get rich.

Lawyer up big !!


28 posted on 05/02/2012 4:14:38 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah, well folks, be prepared for a lot more of this when they start indefinitely detaining “suspected” American terrorists without charges per Obama’s [unconstitutional] executive order.

Although, I suspect by the time things get that bad, they will be keeping the news of it happening from even getting out.

This is the kind if sh*t that has been going on in Central and South America for decades. Went on in USSR and Eastern Europe. Why should Americans be special? Obama’s goal is for us to suffer the same indignities so we can all be equal.

Seriously, this will happen again to “right wing” political dissidents. Just a matter of time.


29 posted on 05/02/2012 4:15:27 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: NormsRevenge

"Let's start with every MP-5 you have. Uh....it's ok if I want 40 SUV's, right, b*tch..? Can I call you that..? Ah, and uh...B*tch, please call me a helicopter.

30 posted on 05/02/2012 4:16:42 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Grammy

Years ago we got a bill as change in Williamsburg, and it looked strange. We were afraid to spend it in case it was phony, so we called the SS and were told to send it to them. If it were legal, they would return it. We did and a few weeks later it came back in the mail with a letter telling us to take it to the bank to cull. We kept it and the letter. :)


31 posted on 05/02/2012 4:38:40 PM PDT by Library Lady
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To: gaijin

Bitch to Chong: “OK, you’re a helicopter.”


32 posted on 05/02/2012 4:50:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Away with them and the high horses they rode in on.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Chong needs to sue them ... forever.


33 posted on 05/02/2012 5:33:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (Had a Christian minister yelled at a bunch of gay students - the New York Times would have covered i)
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To: trapped_in_LA

Does pull badges mean they can’t just go to the next town or the agency across the street?

Still doesn’t sound like pain commiserate with what is inflicted on society by Law Enforcement.


34 posted on 05/02/2012 8:00:21 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Grammy

That’s. Very cool!


35 posted on 05/02/2012 8:02:26 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: NormsRevenge

I don’t support legalizing all drugs, but what language in the Constitution authorizes the federal government to prosecute individuals for drug use?

Isn’t drug use a matter reserved to the states?


36 posted on 05/02/2012 8:04:38 PM PDT by Tau Food
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To: Ken H

The officers should face attempted murder charges. They should be PERSONALLY sued for their pensions and forced into personal bankruptcy. That includes everyone working in the detention center or managing the center. It is time to pull the real world onto the heads of these clowns. My guess you only have to do it once and the whole judicial system discovers much needed humility.


37 posted on 05/02/2012 8:09:30 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“I am deeply troubled by the incident that occurred here last week,” William R. Sherman, acting special agent in charge of DEA’s San Diego Division, said in a statement Wednesday.

“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,” Sherman said, adding he has ordered “an extensive review” of DEA policies and procedures.

I wish agent Sherman was saying that while wearing an orange jump suit, awaiting his turn in personal bankruptcy court.


38 posted on 05/02/2012 8:12:19 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Tau Food

Commerce Clause is used used to regulate everything you buy or don’t buy, everything you do or don’t do. It forms the basis for a vast array of environmental regulations, drug regulations, food regulations etc. They even regulate the carbon dioxide you breathe or don’t breathe with the ever present and all powerful Commerce Clause.


39 posted on 05/02/2012 8:17:17 PM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: NormsRevenge
If we had a Republican President, the headline of the NYT would read, President (******)’s DEA nearly kills an innocent man.

No mention of Pres___ent Obama in ths story.
What a surprise.

40 posted on 05/02/2012 8:21:32 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: RightOnTheBorder

I just assume that he was lucky enough not to have it on his person.


41 posted on 05/02/2012 9:18:15 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Ken H

“Do you think the police officers responsible will lose their jobs or be prosecuted? Do you think they should?”

I think someone will take the fall for it, though it will be a slap on the wrist; I do think someone should lose their job for it; if a daycare worker did it they’d be canned at the very least.


42 posted on 05/02/2012 9:21:29 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Library Lady; DariusBane

I think with the economy continuing to tank we will see more and more of these, and actual silver coins. I am sure there are people who have stashes of cash or coins who will begin to dip in to them.


43 posted on 05/02/2012 9:53:38 PM PDT by Grammy
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To: DariusBane

there ought to be a fund paid into by their union dues that pays out for these morons “mistakes” instead of lawsuit $ always being paid for be taxpayers.


44 posted on 05/03/2012 11:30:27 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: TurboZamboni

I disagree. Punitive damages should be paid by the officer directly, and from the pension funds that federal agents receive retirement payments. That way they all pay.


45 posted on 05/03/2012 11:44:43 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: TurboZamboni

I disagree. Punitive damages should be paid by the officer directly, and from the pension funds that federal agents receive retirement payments. That way they all pay.


46 posted on 05/03/2012 11:45:11 AM PDT by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: DariusBane

good idea.


47 posted on 05/03/2012 11:46:50 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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