Man trapped in jail for 30-plus hours files suit

The man who was trapped in the Cook County jail for 30 hours earlier this month filed suit against the county today..

51-year-old Farad Polk was visiting his son on July 5th when he became trapped in a room in the jail. For 32 hours he had no bed, no food, no water no toilet. He eventually broke a sprinkler which alerted firefighters who freed him. But once help arrived, he was cuffed and questioned, adding insult to injury, he says.

Now Polk wants answers as to how it could happen and he hopes the courts will get to the bottom of the breach in security that day.

Polk claims his screams and yells for help that day weren’t enough. He could even hear voices on the other side of the door that locked behind him and still no response from the outside.

Cara Smith, exec Director of Cook County jail says she is not surprised a lawsuit was filed today. She says it does not change the department’s focus on finding out what happened, nor does it change how sorry the department is for what Mr. Polk endured while at the jail.

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