US reprimands agents for man forgotten in San Diego cell

May 5, 2015 3:15 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has issued reprimands and suspensions of up to seven days to agents involved in the detention of a college student who was handcuffed and forgotten in a San Diego cell for five days.

The Justice Department says it is concerned the punishments might be inadequate and that the decisions underscore the need for a broad review of the DEA's disciplinary practices.

The comments came in a letter to Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa that was released Tuesday.

A Justice Department inspector general report last year found several DEA employees saw or heard Daniel Chong in his cell in 2012 but did nothing because they assumed someone else was responsible.

The DEA completed its disciplinary review in March, punishing six agents.

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