Kamilah Brock: Black Woman held in mental health facility because police didn’t believe BMW was hers. Cops Throw Innocent Woman in Mental Hospital Because they Didn’t Believe She Owned a BMW. LI woman claims cops couldn’t believe she owned BMW — so they threw her in psych ward. HARLEM — A Long Island woman’s insistence that she owns a BMW landed her in a psych ward at Harlem Hospital.
The doctors believed she was delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder — but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit claims.
Kam Brock’s frightening eight-day “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” ordeal at the mental facility included forced injections of powerful sedatives and demands she down doses of lithium, according to medical records obtained by PIX11 from her attorney.
Brock said it all started at a traffic light in Harlem after she was pulled over by an officer for allegedly driving without her hands on the steering wheel.
Brock said: “I was confused and did not know what was going on, why I was being taken into custody,” Brock said. “The officer said, ‘why are you driving without your hands on the wheel?’ I said I was dancing, I am at a light, he asked me to get out of the car.”
The officer took Brock to the 30th Precinct but after a few hours she was released without any charges. However, she was told to come back the next day to get her car.
The lawsuit states police reacted in disbelief that Brock owned a BMW when she arrived at a substation to pick it up.
Brock said: “I told them I have a BMW they asked me what kind of car it was and from that moment they started looking at me differently like I could not have a BMW.”
After a long wait, the bank executive claims she was placed in handcuffs and taken by EMS to Harlem Hospital. Then she was committed to a psych ward.
Brock’s attorney Michael Lamonsoff said: “She has no history of mental illness to brand her as mentally ill because she is telling the truth about who she is.”
Brock claims she was given medications like lithium and other powerful sedatives. In the end she was released but stuck with a hospital bill for more than $13,000.
The lawsuit filed by Brock names the city, the hospital and unnamed police officers is active in court.
The NYPD confirmed Brock was taken into custody but said it could not comment further due to pending litigation. The City’s Law Department also could not comment for the same reasons.
A woman is suing New York City after she claims she was forced to spend eight days in a mental health facility and given a $13,000 (£8,500) bill because a police officer didn’t believe the BMW she was driving was hers.
Kamilah Brock, 32, who is a banker, said that police had initially pulled her over at a red light in Harlem and asked her why her hands were not on the steering wheel. She said “I was dancing, I am at a light,” and was then asked to get out of the car.
Brock was then taken into custody and transported to the NYPD’s 30th precinct where she says she was held for several hours before being released without charges.
She was told to return to pick up her 2003 BMW 325Cl the next day.
She goes on to say that when she returned to claim the car, police said they didn’t believe she was the rightful owner of the vehicle.
“I just felt like from the moment I said I owned a BMW, I was looked at as a liar,” Brock told PIX 11. “They put me in handcuffs and said they just need to put me in handcuffs to take me to my car. And I said OK, whatever it’s gonna take to get to my car.”
“Then EMS approached me. And they said we’re gonna take you to your car. And I’m like, in an ambulance? I’m going to my car in an ambulance? I’m going to my car in an ambulance? I was just so confused.”
She was taken to Harlem hospital psychiatric ward, where she claims medical records obtained by her attorney, Michael Lamonsoff, show she was forced to take lithium and injected with powerful sedatives.
“He held onto me and then the doctor stuck me in the arm and I was on a stretcher and I woke up to them taking my clothes off, specifically my underwear,” she said in the interview,” according to the Daily Mail.
While in the hospital, Kamilah Brock, 32, reported being stripped naked and injected with sedatives, the Daily Mail reports.
Her lawyer claims that over the eight days in the hospital, personnel repeatedly tried to get Brock to deny that she owned the BMW, that she was a banker, and that President Barack Obama followed her on Twitter. All of which are true.
“I was looked at as a liar,” she said.
According to Lamonsoff, Brock has no history of mental health problems.
“If a white woman was trying to reclaim her BMW impounded by police, would she have been made a victim?” he told the Huffington Post.