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Student Forgotten in DEA Holding Cell Gets $4.1M (4 1/2 Days w/o Food, Water, Toilet Facilities)
Fox 5 San Diego ^ | July 30, 2013 | Fox 5 San Diego

Posted on 07/30/2013 6:54:57 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

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Student forgotten in DEA holding cell gets $4.1M

SAN DIEGO — A UCSD student scooped up in a drug raid and left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell for 4 1/2 days without food or water will get $4.1 million to settle his claims, his attorneys announced Tuesday.

Daniel Chong, 25, was among seven people detained in an April 21, 2012, raid on a University City home. Chong, an student at UCSD, was handcuffed and put in 5-by-10-foot cell, by an officer who told him, “Hang tight. We’ll come get you in a minute,” his attorney Julia Yoo said.

The door to the cell was not opened again until April 25. Chong had no food water or toilet facilities during that period and he spent the last two days in darkness, Yoo said.

When he was freed, Chong was taken to a hospital for acute kidney failure, muscle degeneration and dehydration. He spent three days in intensive care and was released after five, Yoo said

Chong said Tuesday his body is healing and he expects to graduate next year.

“It was an accident — a really, really bad, horrible accident” Chong said at the offices of his attorneys, Eugene Iredale and Julia Yoo.

He said he did what he had to, including drinking his own urine. He said he kicked the door, screamed, begged and tried to get someone’s attention. He said he made repeated but futile attempts to set off a fire sprinkler system.

“I was screaming. I was completely insane,” Chong said.

In the months following his ordeal, Chong was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder from his “near death experience,” his other lawyer, Eugene Iredale, explained.

An investigation as to what went wrong is underway. “What happened to Daniel Chong should never happen to any human being on the face of the planet,” Iredale said.

In the raid, federal agents seized about 18,000 ecstasy pills, some marijuana and some weapons.

Iredale said the government acknowledged responsibility, apologized to Chong and has created policies about handling detainees and checking on their welfare in holding cells.

The Department of Justice settled with Chong out of court, he said.

“It changed my perception quite a bit. My life, I am just continuing my life,” Chong said when asked how the experience changed him.

Chong plans to buy his mother a new home and save the rest of the settlement money.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: cruelandunusual; dea; deprivation; doj; ericholder; federalagents; feds; forgotten; holdingcell; obamanation; policestate; sandiego; survival; warondrugs
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$4.1 million to this poor guy. Beware ... what the the DEA giveth, the IRS taketh away

1 posted on 07/30/2013 6:54:57 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
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hello?

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2 posted on 07/30/2013 6:56:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I hear wet grass.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Well maybe not. There are some awards that are not taxable.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 6:56:45 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: DogByte6RER
“It was an accident — a really, really bad, horrible accident” Chong said

Does this mean he's still an Obamatron?

4 posted on 07/30/2013 6:57:46 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: DogByte6RER
Chong, an student at UCSD,

The pot smoker's named Chong. You have GOT to be bagging me.

5 posted on 07/30/2013 6:59:19 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DogByte6RER

Uh, how many of the ‘feds’ who caused this have been brought up on criminal charges?


6 posted on 07/30/2013 7:03:46 PM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: DogByte6RER

did the DEA pay him or did the taxpayer pay him?


7 posted on 07/30/2013 7:05:41 PM PDT by SPRINK
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To: DogByte6RER

Sooner or later they will build the ovens or a modern day equivalent. JMHO!


8 posted on 07/30/2013 7:07:11 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: DogByte6RER
"Iredale said the government acknowledged responsibility, apologized to Chong and has created policies about handling detainees and checking on their welfare in holding cells."

And NO government employee will suffer any loss in pay,
NO loss in benefits,
NO loss of grade,
NO loss of vacation,
NO loss of raises, i.e.
NO SETBACK OF ANY KIND FOR ANY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE.


So, the taxpayer pays again, and government employees SKATE BY once again.
9 posted on 07/30/2013 7:08:34 PM PDT by Darteaus94025 (Phony President)
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To: DManA

Yep, sounds funny.

And how about Anthony Weiner’s name, considering what he has been doing?

Sometimes truth seems stranger than fiction.


10 posted on 07/30/2013 7:18:36 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: DogByte6RER

The guard, named “Dave” knocked and he asked “Who is it?” When the guard said “Dave” he said “Dave’s not here,” so the guard went away.


11 posted on 07/30/2013 7:22:50 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: DogByte6RER
An investigation as to what went wrong is underway. “What happened to Daniel Chong should never happen to any human being on the face of the planet,” Iredale said.

Your damn right it shouldn't, and $4.1 million is more symbolic than anything else - and everyone knows it.

12 posted on 07/30/2013 7:23:53 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: workerbee

perhaps there is a clause in the settlement about him having to say nice things about the gubermint. Something Col. Cathcart and LtC Korn tried to get Yossarian to do in Catch-22. remember, “just be our pal”


13 posted on 07/30/2013 7:24:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Talisker

$4.1 million from the taxpayers seems like an injustice to me

taxpayers should not be punished for this crap


14 posted on 07/30/2013 7:24:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: DogByte6RER

The DEA’s version of an oubliette.


15 posted on 07/30/2013 7:25:13 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Test Run.

$4.1million for 1 kid in the Gulag —
those numbers will be reversed when they get the FEMA camps up.

$1 for the millions after “reeducation”


16 posted on 07/30/2013 7:54:30 PM PDT by In Another Time... (..In another place...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Ho Li Kao !!!


17 posted on 07/30/2013 8:26:08 PM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: DogByte6RER

“An investigation as to what went wrong is underway. “ Always. You can count on it. Who got charged with criminal negligence? Nobody? Well then who got fired? Oh, can’t say because the investigation is still ongoing. I see.

Land of the Free!


18 posted on 07/30/2013 9:07:36 PM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: Darteaus94025

“So, the taxpayer pays again, and government employees SKATE BY once again.”

Correct. I cannot imagine how such a thing ever happened. In NYC you have to arraigned within 72 hours.

We MUST end the unionization of public employees at all levels and an ALL roles.

These people are held to no standards at all.


19 posted on 07/30/2013 9:15:24 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: DogByte6RER

judgements usually are not taxed as income.


20 posted on 07/30/2013 9:32:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: DogByte6RER

.. federal agents seized about 18,000 ecstasy pills

Now Chong can buy a whole lot more ecstasy with $4.1M.

I predict he’ll be dead in 18 months from an overdose of something.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 10:42:44 PM PDT by ri4dc (Cut your cable. You'll need the extra dough later on. 'This war is lost!' The worst is yet to come.)
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To: GeronL
$4.1 million from the taxpayers seems like an injustice to me

taxpayers should not be punished for this crap

I agree. I was just being symbolical and mysterious.

Don't tell anyone.

22 posted on 07/31/2013 1:27:44 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker; GeronL
Don't tell anyone.

Come on dog, your secret is safe. No one will ever know.

23 posted on 07/31/2013 6:39:14 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: UCANSEE2
Come on dog, your secret is safe. No one will ever know.

Everyone knows, but no one says anything. They think it keeps them safe. LOL!

24 posted on 08/02/2013 11:16:28 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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