Student ‘Forgotten’ In DEA Cell Receives $4.1M Settlement

Student 'Forgotten' In DEA Cell Receives $4.1M SettlementA University of California San Diego student left unmonitored in a holding cell for five days by the Drug Enforcement Administration has settled a lawsuit for $4.1 million, his attorney said.

‘No one responded’

Daniel Chong, 25, drank his own urine to survive and even wrote a farewell note to his mother before authorities discovered him severely dehydrated after a 2012 drug raid in San Diego. He was held in a 5-by-10-foot cell with no windows but a peephole through the door. There was no toilet, only a metal bench on which he stood in a futile attempt to set off the sprinkler system with his cuffed hands, Chongtold CNN affiliate KSWB. He kicked the door and yelled, anything to get someone’s attention, the station reported.

One matter still unclear is why no one heard him. Chong told the San Diego Union-Tribune last year that he heard footsteps, muffled voices and the opening and closing of cell doors, even from the cell adjacent to his. Yet no one responded to the ruckus coming from inside his cell.


‘Sorry Mom’

Chong was detained on the morning of April 21, 2012, when DEA agents raided a house they suspected was being used to distribute MDMA, commonly known as “ecstasy.” Upon his release, Mr. Chong told CNN affiliate KNSD that he was visiting a friend and knew nothing about the presence of drugs and guns. He was never formally arrested or charged, the DEA said.

While detained, Chong had given up and accepted death, using a shard of glass from his glasses to carve “Sorry Mom” onto his arm as a farewell message, Yoo said. Chong lost 15 pounds and suffered from severe post-traumatic stress disorder, she said. Since the incident, Chong has returned to complete his undergraduate degree at UC San Diego.

Why do you think Daniel Chong was left unmonitored for five days in that holding cell? Do you think the $4.1 million settlement is enough to compensate for that?

Source: Stan Wilson | CNN

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Asiana Airlines To Proceed With TV Station Lawsuit Over Fake Pilot Names

Asiana Airlines To Proceed With TV Station Lawsuit Over Fake Pilot NamesAsiana Airlines says it will proceed with its planned lawsuit against an Oakland, California, television station, but it’s not going to pursue legal action against the National Transportation Safety Board.

‘Inaccurate and offensive’

Over the weekend, the Korean airline had said it would sue both entities after an intern at the NTSB mistakenly confirmed “inaccurate and offensive” names as those of the pilots of Flight 214, which crash-landed nine days ago at San Francisco International Airport. The bogus names that phonetically spelled out phrases such as “Something Wrong” and “We Too Low” were read during KTVU’s noon broadcast Friday. The airline called the “demeaning” and said it was “reviewing possible legal action.”

On Monday morning, the airline seemed to have a partial change of heart, at least concerning the NTSB. Airline spokesman Na Chul-hee said Asiana has retained a U.S. law firm to file a defamation claim against the TV station. But, he said, the company didn’t have plans to file a separate suit against the NTSB.


‘Erroneously confirmed’

The NTSB apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive” names, which it said were erroneously confirmed by a summer intern. A government official with knowledge of the situation said Monday the intern is no longer with the agency. It was not immediately clear who produced the fake names, but the NTSB said it was not the intern. The NTSB said it does not release or confirm the identities of crew members or other people involved in transportation accidents.

Asiana Flight 214 was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members when it crash-landed on July 6 on the runway after striking a seawall. Three passengers died, including a girl who died of her injuries Friday morning. More than 180 others were injured.

Do you think the pilot involved in this accident didn’t have sufficient experience in flying the said plane? Who do you think gave those fake names? Feel free to share your opinion with us!

Source: Yoonjung Seo and Ashley Fantz | CNN

Image: ABC News