Almost a year to this date, Kamilah Brock was sitting at a traffic light in New York and dancing to a song. But what happened moments later, have left a lasting impression on her.
Brock, a banker from New York City, was arrested by a NYPD officer after he asked her why she was driving without her hands on the wheel, and subsequently held in a psych ward for 8 days. All because, according to her, they did not believe she owned the BMW, or that she Barack Obama followed her on Twitter.
“I was confused and did not know what was going on, why I was being taken into custody,” Brock said to PIX11. “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.”
Brock says she was taken to the precinct, but was released after a few hours and was told she could pick up her car the next day. But things didn’t exactly work out like that.
“I just felt like from the moment I said I owned a BMW, I was looked at as a liar,” she told PIX11 “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.”
When she arrived at the station Brock claims they tricked her into being cuffed, telling her they were bringing her to get her vehicle. She was then placed in an ambulance and taken to a mental health facility. The police, according to Brock’s attorney, believed she delusional and did not actually have a BMW.
Brock is now suing the NYPD.
The lawsuit claims that Brock was held at the hospital for eight days, where she was given lithium and injected with powerful sedatives and was stuck with a $13,000 hospital bill.
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.”
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.
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