Student to sue for $20m after being left in cell for days
A young Californian student was preparing yesterday to file a $20m (€15m) suit against the US federal government after he was left in a windowless cell by drug enforcement agents for four days without food or water to the point where he had to drink his own urine to stay alive.
Daniel Chong, a 23-year-old engineering student at the University of California, San Diego, was among seven suspects taken into custody after a sweep of a private home by agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). They seized weapons as well as 18,000 ecstasy pills and other drugs. Taken to the DEA's San Diego HQ, the suspects were handcuffed, interviewed and rotated between different cells. Mr Chong was told early in the process he was not going to be charged with any crime.
The DEA has acknowledged that Mr Chong was abandoned and has launched an inquiry. (©Independent News Service)