Cops Had Woman Put in Mental Hospital After She “Asked Them for a Warrant”

Jocelyn Rardin | Courthouse News Service

(CN) — A Virginia woman claims in court that Newport News police illegally entered her home and then wrongfully imprisoned her in a psychiatric ward against her will for six days.

In a complaint filed in the Hampton City Circuit Court on Oct. 4, Hieda Keeler claims that on Nov. 18, 2015, she was home alone when two city police officers knocked on her door and asked if she needed help.

Keeler says she asked the officers if they had a warrant to enter her home, and when they said they did not, she told the she did not need help, was no threat to herself or others, and that they were to leave her property.




But instead of leaving, the officers called for assistance, causing an untold number of additional officers and a fire truck to respond to the scene.

Keeler claims the police then broke down her front and back doors and placed her in handcuffs.

According to the complaint, the police then removed $360 in cash from Keeler’s purse, and three case files related to the theft of $300,000 of Keeler’s personal property.

Keeler says she was then taken against her will to Riverside Hospital in Newport News, where defendant Melaney Cox, an employee of the Hampton-Newport News Community Service Board, was waiting to meet with her.

Keeler says she refused to speak to Cox, who nevertheless went before a magistrate, stated she had evaluated Keeler, and obtained a temporary detention order for her.





Keeler claims that while at Riverside Hospital she was kept in restraints while medical students drew vials of blood from her without her permission and injected her with unknown solutions.

All of these activities were supervised by defendant Dr. Nicole Nelson, in the presence of Newport News police officers, who videotaped the blood withdrawal procedures, the complaint says.

Keeler claims her irregular medical treatment continued when she was denied the use of a restroom for three hours, causing her to urinate on herself.

She also claims Newport News police officers threatened to hold Keeler down, strip her, and catheterize her if she did not provide a urine sample.

According to the complaint, when Keeler asked for a drink of water she was given toilet water, while the doctor, nurse, psychiatric technician, and police present were all laughing at her.





Keeler was then injected with a large needle despite her objection, at the direction Dr. Nelson. Since the injection, Keeler has had recurring rashes on her face, back, chest, legs, and arms.

Keeler was again handcuffed and taken to the dangerous stabilization ward.

Upon reaching the stabilization ward, a pharmacist told Keeler that if she did not take the drug Abilify, she would be forcibly given an injection, the complaint says.

But Keeler says she suffers from several preexisting conditions, including high blood pressure, a history of heart attack, heart rhythm problems and high cholesterol, which make taking Abilify a danger.

Having no other alternative, Keeler says she was forced to take the Abilify medication.

She said she was held for six days before she had a hearing at which a psychiatrist and a social worker both testified that she did not belong in a hospital psychiatric ward.

Keeler was released the next day, subject to a custody order that she immediately appealed

According to court documents, the Hampton Circuit Court found “no clear and convincing evidence that Keeler’s mental state posed a threat of serious harm to herself or others or that Keeler was unable to protect herself from harm or that Keeler was unable to provide for her basic needs.”

Accordingly, the matter was dismissed.

Keeler is now seeking $15 million in damages from the Newport News police, Cox, Nelson, the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board Property Company and Riverside Hospital.

Natalie Christian, a spokeswoman for the Community Services Board, declined to comment.

Representatives for Newport News police and Riverside Hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment..

Sherman Smith, Keeler’s attorney, declined to comment on pending litigation.

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  • LawrenceNeal

    Same Shit they used to do in the old USSR.

  • Southern Gun

    Free advice: if the cops show up unwelcome at your door, shoot their asses.

    • John Brown

      Absolutely! we all have guns- this why you need one in your house. Aim for the face or the legs

    • Ron Van Dyke

      I have never owned or carried a firearm except when I was drafter into the army.

  • rogerrramjet

    The time WILL come with shooting cops will be a justifiable defense of being in fear of your life. The sooner the better for these scumbags. I don’t own any weapons anymore so not in my hands but someone someday will.

  • Ron Van Dyke

    They did that to me as well. I asked to see the warrant, which the cop claimed he could not show me because it was in his car (it wasn’t) he tackled me into my home through the front door, just about broke my arm, then called his reinforcements. Within a minute, my street had several sheriff cars pull up. Many came into my home. I was taken to jail and forced to sign papers to get released. I have come to despise cops, not least because that was only the first time it happened to me. I make videos warning people of the fraud, which makes me a target of these criminals in uniforms.

  • Emily Ellie Lynne

    if people were smart they’d figure out THIS is EXACTLY why the Founders and Authors of the Constitution put the part of Citizens having a Right to bear arms..

    sad that this story is just one written of Hundreds of Thousands of occurances that go on unwritten undocumented and where people in positions of Trust abuse that trust and are that face of Evil we are warned about in very important teachings from thousands of years ago.. ooo lets erase those teachings so Evil can be taught is Good