Did you hear the one about the college kid who hit the big money jackpot with taxpayers after being negligently and wrongfully locked up in a tiny windowless cell, abandoned without food and water for 4 ½ days by your friendly government goons?
This is just one more of the many instances in which your government horribly abuses the most basic human and constitutional rights of innocent human beings; forces the innocent taxpayers to pay outrageously big money to cover the damage; and then allows the guilty individual wrongdoers to go completely unpunished.
Daniel Chong, a 23-year old college student at the time, has reached a $4.1 million settlement with the federal government after he was abandoned in a windowless Drug Enforcement Administration cell for more than four days without food or water. He was forced to drink his own urine in order to stay alive, hallucinated that agents were trying to poison him with gases through the vents, and tried to carve a farewell message to his mother in his arm.
It’s another example of the War on Drugs gone mad. The victim is an innocent human being. The criminal wrongdoers are government Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) thugs. The kid was taken into custody during a drug raid and placed in the cell by a San Diego police officer authorized to perform DEA work on a task force. The officer told Chong he would not be charged and said, "Hang tight, we'll come get you in a minute."
Was it a horrible, indefensible, unforgivable and outrageous ordeal? Absolutely!
Chong was hospitalized for five days for dehydration, kidney failure, cramps and a perforated esophagus. He lost 15 pounds. That innocent kid suffered unimaginably and deserves justice.
Is it something for which innocent taxpayers should have to shell out $4.1 dollars? Absolutely not!
But what the hell; your government has taxpayer money to burn. It can afford to pay that kind of a jackpot as often as it deems necessary to clean up its dirty messes as long as it involves other people’s money.
Here is the key to this whole sordid episode: It happened over a year ago in April of 2012. No one has been disciplined! No one has been punished! The goons who did this to an innocent human being will suffer no consequences; will pay no damages; will just walk away from the mess they created scot free while the taxpayers are stuck with the damage.
As badly as this victim was treated; as much as he suffered; as outrageous as the facts may be; and as much as he surely deserves a fair amount of money damages, the taxpayers should not have to shell out $4.1 million; that’s too much in my opinion.
The wrongdoers, the government thugs who did this to him, regardless of the fact that it might have been negligent and not deliberate, should be paying a high price for their conduct. They should pay money out of their pockets until they are destitute or for the rest of their lives, whichever occurs first, and that obligation should not be dischargeable in bankruptcy. They should never be allowed to hold a position of trust again in any occupation.
Most importantly, if the object is to prevent these kinds of things from happening again, the government culprits should be forced to endure at least half the physical and psychological suffering their innocent victim suffered. That means they should get solitary confinement, be locked up in 5x7 windowless cells for a minimum of two days, and deprived of any food or water the entire time.
Yes, in my opinion there should be a special kind of just punishment for government agents who violate the basic human and constitutional rights of American citizens. They should be made to suffer for it in such a way as to send a message to other government goons to think twice before they do the same.
It is only fair that innocent taxpayers be spared millions of dollars in over the top damages while the real wrongdoers go unpunished.