student almost dies in police interrogation room

Student hoping to enjoy time away from his studies by partying and smoking some pot, was detained by police, and left–in handcuffs–in an interrogation room for five days. (He later spent five days in the hospital, having almost died of kidney failure.)

Chong was left for five days in a 5-by-10-foot windowless room without food, water or toilet facilities. He quickly lost weight and was able to slip out of a pair of handcuffs.

He suffered hallucinations. He tried to break a fire sprinkler to get water but failed. Instead, he said, he had to drink his own urine to survive. He screamed for help but soon became too weak. For the final two days, Chong was in the dark, Iredale said.

One wonders how the DEA (the Drug Enforcement Agency, one of the many federal law enforcement agencies) could be so incompetent, and what other less publicized screw-ups they’ve committed.

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