Chicago native Farad Polk is finally receiving his just due after being accidentally locked up in a Chi-Town jail for 31 hours.
On Monday, Polk was awarded $600,000 for emotional stress caused by the incident. In July 2014, Polk was visiting his son when he was told to “go down the hallway and turn to the right,” The NY Daily News reports. He passed through a heavy steel door at the Cook County Jail that slammed shut behind him, and found himself in a 8-foot-by-8-foot cell that was used as a visiting room for super-maximum security prisoners.
He was locked inside the room, where people visit the “highest classification,” super-maximum-security prisoners, for 31 hours. Reports say that guards couldn’t hear his cries for help because it was the weekend and the room was not being used at the time. Polk told reporters, “I’m sitting there waiting for five minutes and say, ‘This ain’t right.’ So as I turned around to buzz out, there was nothing to buzz out. It’s just a room.”
Cook County Jail spokeswoman Cara Smith said,“Multiple things obviously failed including a contractor leaving a door open while they did work in our jail. It was a perfect storm of circumstances that led to this horrible incident.” Polk was rescued after he broke a sprinkler head, which sent a direct signal to the Chicago Fire Department. He sued for emotional trauma.