Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) is calling for a civil rights review into the botched detention of an Asian American who was accidentally left handcuffed without food and water in his jail cell for five days, reports the Times of San Diego.
Daniel Chong, a then engineering student at UC San Diego, suffered severe health problems after the incident three years ago and later won a $4.1 million out of court settlement against the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Last month, an internal DEA review resulted in the suspensions of two officers for five and seven days and the reprimand of four others.
“The current DOJ solution to this matter — a review of DEA internal disciplinary process — is simply not good enough,” the congressman said. “Mr. Chong almost died and had to undergo treatment for trauma caused by the abuse he suffered.”