An internal review by the Department of Justice into the Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into the treatment of a detained Chinese American student raises some troubling questions, reports RT.
On the top of the list, the Office of Inspector General concluded the DEA allowed agents accused of leaving the student alone in a cell for dead for five days to investigate themselves.
UC San Diego student Daniel Chong lost 15 pounds during the ordeal and resorted to drinking his own urine to survive.
Last year he was awarded $4.1 million in a settlement with the DEA.
Chong was detained in a drug round up but never charged as it was determined he had nothing to do with the case.
The report said a DEA supervisor “violated DEA policy and showed poor judgement by initiating an investigation of the incident without management approval in the immediate aftermath of Chong being discovered in the holding cell, and by assigning two of the case agents–the two task force officers–to conduct the processing of Chong’s holding cell for evidence.
“Moreover, the two case agents had a clear conflict of interest because they were among those whose conduct contributed to the improper detention of Chong and whose conduct was, therefore, subject to scrutiny.”
The report also concluded that “one DEA employee and two DEA task force officers who were involved in the April 21 operation were responsible for the safe handling and welfare of all the individuals detained during that operation, including Chong.
“The failure to ensure that Chong was released from custody after deciding that he would not be charged resulted in Chong’s unjustified incarceration from April 21 to April 25, and his need for significant medical treatment.
“The OIG concluded that in addition to the three case agents, a DEA supervisor was responsible for the safe handling and welfare of all detainees during the narcotic enforcement operation on April 21, and was also accountable for Chong’s extended detention.”
You can read more details about what happened to Chong and reaction to the latest findings in RT.