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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  • Exactly.

  • I will not give the NYPD the benefit of the doubt. The most important priority is finding out the truth and finding justice. independent institutions should investigate this case. I heard of this story before, so this story is not new for me. The NYPD has not come forward with their information in a transparent fashion. Without question, there is more to this story. There could have been even more violations of the human rights of Kamilah Brock than what is known now. Either she is telling the truth or not. There is no wiggle room involving this incident. Her story is not unusual. Many people have been slandered and falsely sent into mental wards for years and decades. In the United States, political dissenters have been involuntarily committed. For example, in 1927 a demonstrator named Aurora D’Angelo was sent to a mental health facility for psychiatric evaluation after she participated in a rally in support of Sacco and Vanzetti. Also, Clennon W. King, Jr., a black pastor and civil rights activist attempted to enroll at the all-white University of Mississippi for summer graduate courses in 1958. He was involuntarily sent to a mental hospital, because of he wanted to go into that university.

    The crux of this case deal with the medical records, the words of all parties involved, the true story of Kamilah Brock’s interactions with the police, and other information. This case may take years to resolve since retrieval documents from mental hospital will take time and much paperwork. So, I don’t see this case resolved either way anytime soon. Now, I do hope for the truth completely. Kamilah Brock deserves justice if her story is true. I wouldn’t be shocked if they did to Kamilah Brock as well. Brock said that she was stripped and forcibly drugged, which is horrible. I wish the best for the Sister. Crooked police officers have killed Tamir Rice and framed people for generations, the brutality of some cops can never be minimized. More information will come out hopefully.

  • Chazz A

    In my opinion, this incident stinks of racism and the usual cop-cover-up. It may seem bizarre to those unfamiliar with the tactics of the NYPD, but its clearly racial profiling and an extreme violation of human rights.
    When I read about this story last year, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical until I researched everything leading up to Ms Brock’s civil rights being violated.

    She worked on Wall St at Citibank and the vehicle was registered and properly insured. Ms Brock did not break any traffic laws (it is NOT illegal to dance in your vehicle at a stop light in NYC) The cops had no probable cause to pull her over, this was an illegal, rolling stop & frisk!
    If she became irate while attempting to get her vehicle out of impound, who gives a damn! The cops most likely harassed and provoked her. She had a right to be angry, given the circumstances.
    But to toss her in a mental hospital and inject her with dangerous narcotics without consent, based on the trumped up report of a cop who shouldn’t have made the stop to begin with, is criminal. This entire ordeal had very little to do with her 12 yr old BMW.
    I am thankful that Ms Brock is alive because we have lost too many of our people to this type of BS!