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UCSD student left in holding cell, wins 4.1 million dollar settlement
A University of California San Diego student abandoned in a holding cell for days without food or water.
The Department of Justice is investigating what happened.
He went 5 days without food or water, his hands cuffed behind his back in a 5 by 10 ft holding cell. "That door never opened, I never got released."
Now, a summarized report from the Department of Justice says four agents saw or heard 24 year old Daniel Chong in that time, but did nothing, assuming he was someone else's responsibility.
The agents and a supervisor then failed to properly report and investigate the matter. We went straight to Chong's attorney to find out that this means. "A complete, a thorough and a fair investigation of this matter." But he adds, he wants to see the entire report. "What's also troubling is that we're only given a three page summary, and not given access to the entire report."
The UCSD student was arrested in April 2012 at a friend's house when a DEA raid found drugs and weapons.
Chong was supposed to be released and not charged. But he quickly realized in his cell, he was forgotten. He drank his own urine to stay hydrated, and even used broken glass to cut himself. "I was like - you're going to have a death on your hands if you don't let me out right now."
In a 2013 settlement, Chong was awarded 4.1 million dollars. Iredale adds, it was an anonymous telephone call that promoted this investigation.
"By an anonymous caller." "Was it you?"
"It was not me. It was, I believe probably somebody within the agency who had that golden thing called a conscience."