Cops Didn’t Believe This Woman Could be a Banker, So They Threw Her in a Mental Asylum: Report

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How would you feel if within 24 hours you go from being a successful corporate executive to being forced to become a patient at a mental ward where no one believes you?

It feels straight out of a psycho thriller, but this is the reality that Long Island resident Kamilah Brock faced on September 12 last year.

She was in a great mood , driving through Harlem and enjoying the music in her car. When she stopped at a traffic light in she casually took her hands off the steering wheel and started dancing.




A NYPD police officer approached her and asked why she was not holding her steering wheel. The 32-year-old banker explained she was at a light and did not think she needed to hold the wheel while the vehicle was stationary.

The cop asked her to get out of the car and she was taken into custody, then she was sent to the NYPD’s 30th precinct, although Brock was held for several hours she was not questioned and says none of the prescribed procedure was followed.


Then she was released without being charged with a crime.

Upon her release, the police told her that she could come back the following day to pick up her 2003 BMW 325 CI.

Much to Brock’s disbelief when she returned, the officers on duty refused to believe that she actually owned the expensive vehicle.

The officers put her in handcuffs, then emergency medical staff approached her and said they were going to take her to her BMW. Baffled by it all, she asked them why she was being taken to her car in an ambulance.




Turns out she was actually being transported to Harlem Hospital’s psychiatric ward. Once there, Brock’s clothes were stripped off, she was forced to take lorazepam and lithium and given powerful sedatives intravenously.

She says, once at the hospital the first thing a doctor did was stick a needle in her arm and next she remembers waking up to the medical staff removing her clothes.

“I woke up to them taking my clothes off, specifically my underwear,” revealed Brock in an interview.

She said it was like waking up in the middle of a terrible nightmare, heavily medicated she slipped in and out of sleep while the medical staff tried to convince her that she was neither the owner of the BMW nor a banker.

When she told them that she had President Barack Obama following her on Twitter, their doubts about her sanity only grew.

Brock had no former history of mental illness, yet the medical staff misdiagnosed her as bipolar and delusional.

In fact, records from the hospital showed that doctors regularly tried to pressurize her into denying that she had a successful career and owned a luxury car.

The distraught woman kept asking staff why she was there and they told her she was a danger to herself.

Eight days later she was released without an explanation.

Soon after, she received a bill of $ 13,637.10 for her stay at the hospital.

This is despite the fact that she was forced to stay there and had received a completely incorrect diagnosis.

It has been more than a year since Brock’s terrifying experience. However, she has now mustered up the courage to file a lawsuit in the federal court. It names the city, the hospital and the police officers involved.

Brock’s lawyer Michael Lamonsoff says it is “absurd” that she was labeled mentally ill for stating facts.

He adds all of this happened because she was African-American; had it been a Caucasian woman in her place there was no chance that similar treatment would have been doled out, it is thought.

Watch the video below:





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  • Grim Fandango

    This happened a long time ago. What happened then? Did she sue? Did she win the lawsuit?

    • MrMcGibblets

      Try reading/listening to the story. All will be explained.

  • Member548

    Who ever thought a 2003 BMW 325 was something so special and expensive is the one that needs to be in a mental ward. It’d be a stretch to find one even worth $10k. Odds are, every person involved in deciding she was crazy owned a car with a higher value.

    You would think police officers would have a fair amount of knowledge about cars, and the world in general, but that never seems to be the case.

  • John Riddler

    I tell them screw them on the bill. They can send that bill to the police.

  • cslagenhop

    Perhaps it was because she claimed Obama followed her on Twitter. Article doesn’t say he did.

    • Idealistic Hippie

      Listen to the video… They said Obama DID follow her on twitter.

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    • mcpierce

      That was said AFTER she was taken to the psych ward and AFTER she was medicated. Hardly justification for doing stuff to her before she said it. And it’s also the truth.

  • Kenneth Henderson

    TYT’s Cenk Ungar nailed it. It all boils down to racism. No matter what a black/brown person does to blow away the stereotype that have been perpetrated by those of the caucasian variety, they can’t win. All they had to do was a DMV check to see if she owned the BMW, call her place of employment to verify her job status, checked her Twitter account to see that yes, indeed Obama follows her. Three simple things that would’ve put this particular disturbing case to rest. (Which I’m sure the hospital eventually did, after she spent 8 days there.) I also think they hit her with the bill as a callous tactic because she was right all along. How dare a black woman be successful, own nice things, and is followed on Twitter by President Obama! I mean its not in our capability (White America) to fathom such things from the black/brown community!
    Hopefully for her, she won’t have to pay a dime of the hospital bill. However the taxpayers of NYC will be on the hook for millions because of the sloppiness and stupidity of the NYPD and the mean spiritedness of the doctors at Harlem Hospital. What a country we live in.

  • Richard

    Police are hardwired, single use pieces of off the shelf equipment which have no need for anything beyond their locked in pat answers and information. They are enforcers. Period. Dangerous. Ignorant. Frightened. Bullies. The often see only one color and that is Blue. Every other color is a criminal that needs to be punished. With a sliding scale of color and hue, of course.