Abandoned in a cell for almost 5 days last April, US college student Daniel Chong has received a 3 million euro government payout.
Newspapers nationwide detailed the 25-year-old’s ordeal. Surviving by drinking his own urine, and attempting to carve a farewell to his mother on his arm, he was found on the verge of kidney failure after trying in vain to attract attention.
“I didn’t just sit there quietly. I was kicking the door yelling. I even put some shoestrings, shoelaces through the crack of the door for visual signs. I didn’t stay still. No. I was screaming.”
An interrogation gone wrong for the Drug Enforcement Administration, but no one has been disciplined.
“We hope that at some point there can be at least the individual attribution of responsibility for what happened and some kind of appropriate administrative sanction,” explained Chong’s lawyer Eugene Iredale.
Chong was rounded up following a drugs raid in San Diego in 2012. After being questioned, he was told he would be released. Four days later he was fighting for his life. Discovered four days later, he had to be hospitalised.
As well as the payout, the DEA has introduced daily inspections and cameras in holding cells.