Pragmatic Witness

Imagine being shackled and left in a small room to rot.

For five days this was a reality for Daniel Chong, a 24-year-old University of California, San Diego engineering student detained and then forgotten about by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Chong was detained on April 21 when agents raided the home of a drug dealer. The agency confiscated 18,000 ecstasy pills, along with other drugs and guns.

Seven people at the house were taken into custody. Five were processed and sent to county jail, one was released, and Chong was accidentally left in a cell.

NBC San Diego reports that, according to Chong, “agents questioned him, and then told him he could go home. One agent even offered him a ride.”

And then for five days, Chong was left handcuffed and alone in a 5-by-10-foot cell.

He screamed for help, and no one responded. According to Chong, he could hear…

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