Woman Committed to Psych Ward for Owning a BMW

Kamilah Brock is suing the city of New York after an incident last year that resulted in her being involuntarily committed to a psych ward. In September of 2014, Brock was approached by an NYPD officer who saw her dancing in her car while at a stop light, Huffington Post reported.

She was detained, then committed to a psych ward because authorities didn’t believe that she owned her BMW. Brock maintains that she was discredited because she is black.

“He asked me to get out of the car,” said Brock, then says she was taken into custody and held for several hours before she was released. She was not charged with any crime, or given reasons for why she was detained.

Brock said she was simply told to come back the next day to pick up her car. Brock drives a 2003 BMW 325Ci.

She said that when she arrived to pick up the vehicle, she was treated like a liar. She was handcuffed when she said she owned the BMW.

“EMS approached me,” she said. They led her to an ambulance told her they were going to take her to her vehicle.

Instead she was taken to a Harlme hospital where she was injected with sedatives and forced to take lithium doses.

In her emotional interview with PIX11, Brock recalls losing consciousness, then waking up to find medical staff removing her clothing.

Brock said she was held in the psych ward against her will for eight days straight. She was told by doctors that in order to be released she had to deny that she owned the BMW, say that she actually wasn’t a banker in real life, and deny that President Obama followed her on Twitter.

The only problem is that all three things were in fact true. To add insult to injury, Brock was issued a $13,000 medical bill after her release.

Now in a lawsuit filed against the city, Brock hopes to be compensated for mental anguish, loss of liberty, and intrusion of her personal integrity.