Visitor trapped in Cook County Jail files lawsuit

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
A man who was trapped in a room at a Chicago jail for about 30 hours has filed a lawsuit, citing his anguish at being locked up.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A man who was trapped in a room at a Chicago jail for about 30 hours has filed a lawsuit, citing his anguish at being locked up.

Farad Polk says he was visiting his son at Cook County Jail on July 5 when a propped-open door of an unused visiting room slammed shut, trapping him without food, water or bedding.

The 51-year-old Polk said Monday he realized something was wrong when his son was not brought to him. He wasn't freed until two days later, after he activated a fire sprinkler that summoned firefighters.

The lawsuit claims jail officials carelessly and negligently instructed Polk, resulting in him entering a room under renovation.

Attorney Cannon Lambert said it's unbelievable "the county consciously disregarded his safety."

Jail officials have apologized to Polk.


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