Man accidentally locked in Cook County Jail awarded $600,000

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Visitor trapped at Cook County Jail speaks out
Farad Polk says he spent more than 30 hours trapped in the Cook County Jail, and for the first time, he described the anguish of being locked up.

CHICAGO -- A man who was accidentally locked up in Cook County Jail for more than a day has received $600,000 for his ordeal.

Cook County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sophia Ansari on Monday confirmed the settlement with Farad Polk.

Polk was visiting his son in July 2014 when he was directed to "go down the hallway and turn to the right," where he passed through an open door that closed behind him. Authorities say the room was used by visitors with super-maximum security prisoners and not used on weekends.

Polk was rescued by Chicago Fire Department personnel after he broke a sprinkler head. After he was found, Polk said he was trapped in the room for 32 hours. He sued for emotional trauma.

At the time, Ansari said the sheriff's department was grateful Polk was found safe.

The Cook County Sheriff's Department released a photograph of the room where a visitor accidentally became imprisoned for nearly 32 hours.