Earlier this week Cook County sheriff Tom Dart and several of the top corrections officials at the Cook County Jail were sued in federal court by an inmate named Kenneth Simmons Mays. In a handwritten complaint he filed on his own, Mays alleges that on October 28 he was stabbed in the mouth by another inmate wielding a homemade shank, left by guards to fend for himself, provided inadequate medical care, and then placed back in the same maximum-security tier where he was attacked.

“I’m fearful of my life,” Mays writes. “I’m stress and depress.”

He’s seeking $2.6 million in damages.