Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) – A former Cook County Jail inmate has filed a lawsuit alleging that for much of the time he was locked up he was denied food and water and was forced to sleep on the floor.

The lawsuit names County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Sheriff Tom Dart and another sheriff’s official as defendants.

Lawyers for Marcus Malewski allege that while locked up in May, he and other inmates were subjected to cruel and unusual jail conditions as they were “herded from holding pen to holding pen.”

Neither the offices of Dart nor Preckwinkle immediately responded to calls for comment. Earlier this year, other inmates alleged in a lawsuit that they were brutalized by guards. Dart characterized those allegations a “fictional account.”

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