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Anybody want to go to jail? Student Left in DEA Cell for Four Days to Get $4 Million
newsmax ^ | 7/31/13

Posted on 07/31/2013 2:11:42 PM PDT by bestintxas

The Justice Department has agreed to pay $4.1 million to a California college student left in a Drug Enforcement Administration holding cell last year, according to two people familiar with the case.

Daniel Chong was detained in an April 2012 drug raid in San Diego and left in a windowless holding cell for four days without food or water. He says he drank his own urine to stay alive.

The people familiar with the case spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the settlement before it is officially announced. His attorney filed a $20 million claim against the government last year.

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. Chong, who was attending University of California, San Diego, was at a friend's house in April 2012 when a DEA 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 5-by-10-foot 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

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While no one would dispute he was wronged, it seems a bit over-the-top with the current budget issues the Fed has, doesn't it?
1 posted on 07/31/2013 2:11:42 PM PDT by bestintxas
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To: bestintxas

Anyone fired?

The $4 million isn’t DEA’s money. They don’t care.

Someone needs to be fired.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 2:15:52 PM PDT by marron
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To: bestintxas

Perhaps criminal charges against those who left him there. “False Imprisonment.” $4M from taxpayers, or more precisely, printed up by the FedBank does not actually punish the people who committed this act. It rewards the victim, but does not address the uniformed perps.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 2:16:14 PM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: marron

$4 million is excessive by a lot.


4 posted on 07/31/2013 2:16:17 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: bestintxas
While no one would dispute he was wronged, it seems a bit over-the-top with the current budget issues the Fed has, doesn't it?

The government needs to pay less and the DEA agents responsible need to pay a lot, lot more. Although I would be tempted to take the cash, I hope I would be able to demand a few badges in my hand with the agents permanently lose their jobs and any chance to work in any law enforcement.

5 posted on 07/31/2013 2:16:56 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: bestintxas

Okay, so how much do YOU think being left to die of thirst, handcuffed in a pile of your own soil, is worth?


6 posted on 07/31/2013 2:17:33 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: GeronL

If this happens to me, I want someone fired. For compensation, I’ll settle for a gift card for Applebee’s. But I want someone fired.


7 posted on 07/31/2013 2:17:35 PM PDT by marron
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To: bestintxas
Not if they take it out of the DEA budget.

Budget? WhAAAT Budget!

WE DON GOT TO SHOW YOU NO STINKIN BUDGET!

8 posted on 07/31/2013 2:17:45 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: bestintxas

Not really. He ended up with kidney problems and a perforated esophagus. He’ll be dealing with it the rest of his possibly abbreviated life. Seems fair to me.

The only unfair part is the knuckleheads who left him there aren’t paying for it out of their pensions.


9 posted on 07/31/2013 2:18:13 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: bestintxas

Hell I’d do it for 4 grand.


10 posted on 07/31/2013 2:18:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: marron

Maybe several gift cards to Applebee’s. lol


11 posted on 07/31/2013 2:18:49 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

I’ve been five days without anything at all to drink. By the fourth day, I was contemplating killing myself. In my case, it was my own stupidity that got me into that situation - but if it had been caused by somebody else - I actually think serious compensation is justified. And I rarely do.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 2:19:27 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: bestintxas
I hope he learned his lesson about drug use!

</law_and_order_Freeper>

13 posted on 07/31/2013 2:21:50 PM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (People in America are still tried in the courts rather than by left-wing protesters or by the media.)
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To: dinodino

Those who complain of the 4 million dollars do not realize that he may get $100,000 if he is lucky.

The Lawyers will get their third, plus expenses, and the tax folks will get a big chunk.

He will be lucky if left enough to take his girlfriend to a really good restaurant.


14 posted on 07/31/2013 2:24:35 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: bestintxas

And how much is given to the families of the old guys reaching for the TV remote who were blasted to bits, along with the dog, by cops at the ‘wrong’ house?


15 posted on 07/31/2013 2:25:41 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Fascism is wrong even when practiced by the government.)
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To: bestintxas
In survival training, you basically get told that without water - that is, without any water - you have three days to live.

"Three minutes without air, three hours without shelter, three days without water, three weeks without food."

(Obviously, these numbers are modified by conditions - especially the second, the shelter number reflects the environments that survival situations tend to occur in).

Most people have been thirsty in their lives. Most people have been really thirsty. I think that makes them think they understand what it is like to be dying of thirst. It doesn't even come close. This is a hellish situation to be in. I've been there. In my case, it was my fault. If somebody else had done this to me - and if a government violating my rights had done it to me...

16 posted on 07/31/2013 2:27:39 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: GeronL

Years ago a friend of mine was arrested for drunk driving and managed to lose his front teeth in the process.

I asked him how it happened. He said “I was kicking the barrier between the front a back seats and telling him to pull over so I could kick his ass. He decided to let me give it a shot.” LOL


17 posted on 07/31/2013 2:29:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Venturer

Lawyers may get some, but I do not think it will be taxable to the victim.


18 posted on 07/31/2013 2:31:20 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Venturer

In this case the award is tax-free. I’m sure his lawyers will get a good chunk, but he’s not going to do too bad out of the deal.

I too am offended that the cops pull another “no harm, no foul” bit. But there was harm.


19 posted on 07/31/2013 2:32:38 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: bestintxas

The article makes It sound like it was a f-up and not intentional. Anyone know the whole story?


20 posted on 07/31/2013 2:34:15 PM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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They locked him in a holding room and forgot he was there. He’d been arrested at a friend’s apartment during a drugs raid, and after interview, it was accepted that he had just been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he was placed in the holding room pending release. Unfortunately, once the door was locked, nobody realised anybody was in there - because he hadn’t been charged with anything, there was no record he was still there, and people assumed he’d been released.


21 posted on 07/31/2013 2:39:33 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: bestintxas

Being white, I will pass on any jail time.


22 posted on 07/31/2013 2:39:52 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: bestintxas

Seems right to me. If I was innocent of any crime and left to rot for 4 days in jail due to incompetence I think $4 million would be about right - $1 million per day.

Pesonnally I would give all the money to charity if there were reprecussions for the jailers. But Feds can’t be touched.


23 posted on 07/31/2013 2:47:13 PM PDT by KingofZion
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To: bestintxas

If they gave me a toilet and running water, I’d do four days in a cell for 4 million, no problem. I guess if they gave you water and a toilet, you wouldn’t get a 4 million dollar settlement though :(


24 posted on 07/31/2013 2:48:41 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: naturalman1975
Most people have been thirsty in their lives. Most people have been really thirsty. I think that makes them think they understand what it is like to be dying of thirst. It doesn't even come close. This is a hellish situation to be in. I've been there. In my case, it was my fault. If somebody else had done this to me - and if a government violating my rights had done it to me...

I have a question for you. When I went through survival school in the AF more than 20 years ago, the same mantra was used, and they stated that, when you had no water, the time to be afraid was when you no longer felt thirsty. Did this happen to you, did you ever not feel thirsty during your ordeal?

Regarding shelter, I know from reports that folks who were suffering from hypothermia often no longer felt cold, and actually removed clothing because they felt too warm.

25 posted on 07/31/2013 2:51:16 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: bestintxas

Hate to say it, but why can’t I get this lucky? C’mon cops...I need a million...at least.


26 posted on 07/31/2013 2:51:17 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: GeronL

Nope....30 million is excessive....28 Million? No.


27 posted on 07/31/2013 2:52:21 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: GeronL
$4 million is excessive by a lot.

I'd have given him 10 million.......but then again, I'm not too fond of anything our govt. is doing to innocent people these days..........

28 posted on 07/31/2013 2:56:12 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Hot Tabasco

especially the taxpayers


29 posted on 07/31/2013 2:56:41 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: IYAS9YAS

Yes, towards the end I no longer felt thirsty, but I was also starting to become fairly irrational at that point.


30 posted on 07/31/2013 2:56:48 PM PDT by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: bestintxas

Apparently they almost killed him.

I hope heads rolled but they probably didn’t. Anyone associated with our Imperial Government seems to get a pass these days.


31 posted on 07/31/2013 2:57:53 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Who is John Galt?)
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especially the taxpayers

If they don't like it then they need to change it don't they?

32 posted on 07/31/2013 2:58:53 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: naturalman1975

My dad was an amphibious tank driver in WW2. He did the whole Pacific.

Of all the things he said were the worst, was 2 days without water and looking at sea water all around him.

He said it was the worst experience he ever endured, God rest his soul.


33 posted on 07/31/2013 2:59:56 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: Hot Tabasco

They might, if they were a majority. The majority don’t mind because they likely pay nothing anyway or even understand where this money comes from.


34 posted on 07/31/2013 3:00:42 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: bestintxas
I remember when this happened...it's nice to know he got his due...

It would be also nice to know who and how many got terminated...

Not holding my breath...

35 posted on 07/31/2013 3:03:53 PM PDT by Popman
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$4 million is excessive by a lot.

Gotta disagree...

I think the government, err taxpayers, got off light...

36 posted on 07/31/2013 3:06:41 PM PDT by Popman
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To: Popman

innocent people in prison for YEARS get less in recompense


37 posted on 07/31/2013 3:07:12 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy
I hope he learned his lesson about drug use!

law_and_order_Freeper

I hate those f'n gauleiters in waiting more than I hate the jackboots.

38 posted on 07/31/2013 3:07:28 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: bestintxas

I wouldn’t ask for a dollar of taxpayer money. Only that I get the entire life savings of those responsible, a guarantee that no government will ever hire them again and 4 days in the same cell.

We need HARSH punishments for incompetent and dirty cops. Right now they barely get a slap on the wrist. The worst that happens is the taxpayer picks up their tab.

NYPD detective gets community service for planting crack to meet felony quotas. You won’t see this in USA news: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2095772/Cowboy-cop-Jason-Arbeeny-planted-crack-couples-car-seat-escapes-jail.html

ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!


39 posted on 07/31/2013 3:08:01 PM PDT by varyouga
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I say give him $8 million. He had to drink his own urine, for cripes sake.

If this was a story about some American-killing camel-humper in Gitmo.... well, nuff said.


40 posted on 07/31/2013 3:10:09 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: bestintxas
While no one would dispute he was wronged, it seems a bit over-the-top with the current budget issues the Fed has, doesn't it?

Hardly. He almost died of dehydration, which is one of the most unpleasant ways there is to die, and he will likely continue to have medical problems as a result. Locking a prisoner in a room with no food or water until he died was a technique used by the Nazis at Auschwitz to terrorize the inmates.

41 posted on 07/31/2013 3:14:19 PM PDT by Rufii
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To: GeronL

Forget the 10 mil, I’ll up it to 15 million.........


42 posted on 07/31/2013 3:15:24 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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innocent people in prison for YEARS get less in recompense

Well, there is a difference, those innocent convicted of a crime were convicted by a judge or jury...wrongly...but they had their day in court...the justice system failed them...

This guy was just left to die because of complete incompetence...no judge, no jury, just some jackbooted roided up ass clowns

43 posted on 07/31/2013 3:15:25 PM PDT by Popman
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To: naturalman1975
Yes, towards the end I no longer felt thirsty, but I was also starting to become fairly irrational at that point.

I could certainly understand that. Thanks for your reply.

44 posted on 07/31/2013 3:17:49 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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Regarding shelter, I know from reports that folks who were suffering from hypothermia often no longer felt cold, and actually removed clothing because they felt too warm.

It's called Paradoxical Undressing, and it's one of the last stages before death (burrowing comes next, although neither is found in all cases). One line of thinking is that, as the body loses control, the mechanisms that were pulling blood (and heat) from the extremities to the core give up, resulting in a flush of the body's last warmth out to the skin, where it's quickly dissipated.

45 posted on 07/31/2013 3:21:41 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: GeronL

$4 million is excessive by a lot.

It would be better if the 4 million was funded by performing multiple “pension-ectomies” to the morons that wronged him...


46 posted on 07/31/2013 3:22:36 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Popman

This guy was just left to die because of complete incompetence...no judge, no jury, just some jackbooted roided up ass clowns

If the guy had died how much you wanna bet that they would have just dumped his dead body somewhere....


47 posted on 07/31/2013 3:23:59 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

bump


48 posted on 07/31/2013 3:27:39 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: workerbee
I say give him $8 million. He had to drink his own urine, for cripes sake.

Fine. As long as someone gets fired.

49 posted on 07/31/2013 3:29:35 PM PDT by marron
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but I was also starting to become fairly irrational at that point.

Who knew liberals malfunctioning brains was a lack of water...

: )

50 posted on 07/31/2013 3:29:36 PM PDT by Popman
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