Dad Who Spent 32 Hours Accidentally Locked in Jail Gets $600,000
An Iliinois man who was locked in a room for more than a day while visiting his son in jail has been awarded more than half a million dollars.
Farad Polk, who was visiting his namesake son when he became trapped in the Cook County Jail for 32 hours, was awarded $600,000 for his traumatic ordeal.
The shocking mistake occurred in July 2014 when Polk was at the jail and told to "go down the hallway and turn to the right."
He passed through a heavy steel door that slammed shut behind him, The Associated Press reported.
Authorities say the 8-foot-by-8-foot cell was a super-maximum security prisoners' visiting room.
"After five minutes, I'm like 'this ain't right, this ain't happening.' So as I turned around to buzz out, there ain't no buzzer. No buzzer, no intercom, just a room," Polk told reporters during a press conference announcing the suit.
Guards weren't able to hear him scream so Polk remained trapped in the tiny room for 32 hours with no food, water, bedding or a toilet.
Polk remained trapped until he was able to alert authorities to his presence by breaking a sprinkler.
Polk's sued for emotional trauma in a lawsuit that claimed jail officials carelessly and negligently instructed him.
The Cook County Sheriff's Department confirmed the settlement.