San Diego, CA – Daniel Chong, the California student who was thrown into a cell and forgotten about by DEA agents has filed a $20 million dollar suit against the agency. Chong was left in the cell for five days without food, water or human contact. He drank his own urine to survive and after suffering from psychosis he even ate broken glass and carved “sorry Mom” into his arm.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Attorney Eugene Iredale sent a demand notice on behalf of UC San Diego senior Daniel Chong, 23, to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) general counsel,
The claim said,
“The deprivation of food and water for four and one-half days while the person is handcuffed the entire time constitutes torture under both international and domestic law,”
Chong was discovered and sent to the hospital where he spent an additional five days being treated for a perforated lung, possible kidney failure and other illnesses.
Wednesday the DEA acting special agent in charge William R. Sherman issued an apology on behalf of the agency saying,
“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.”
Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is set to review the case and find out why something like this could happen.
“Chairman Issa and the Oversight Committee will be asking the DEA for an explanation of this outrageous incident,”
Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting an investigation.
See an NBC interview with Daniel Chong