Former inmate accuses officers of battery that required staples to be placed in head

By Ben Hart | Apr 1, 2014

A former inmate is suing Cook County and its sheriff, as well as some of correctional officers, claiming battery.

Derrick Crayton filed a lawsuit March 12 in the Cook County District Court against Cook County, Sheriff Thomas Dart, four correctional officers and a pair of sergeants.

The suit only identifies the officers and sergeants by their last names. The officer defendants are listed as Graffeo, Hernandez, Salamone and Velez and the sergeants are Irechatta and Rodriguez.

According to the suit, Crayton was an inmate in the county jail at 2600 S. California Ave. in Chicago on May 7, 2012, when Graffeo, Hernandez, Irechatta, Rodriguez and Velez used force against him.

Crayton claims the defendants' actions caused him injuries that required medical attention and several staples to be placed in his head. The suit further alleges that after Crayton received medical attention at the jail, Salamone, Irechatta and Rodriguez put him in handcuffs and used force on him again, causing the staples to come out of his head.

The plaintiff asserts he did not provoke any of the officers in either circumstance.

Crayton is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and court costs. He is being represented in the case by Chicago attorney Jonathan R. Ksiazek of Ed Fox & Associates.

Cook County District Court Case No. 2014L002958.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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