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NYPD steal womans BMW, commit her when she asks for it back

Published: October 7, 2015
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Source: Boing Boing

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Another Kevin writes, "Last September, the NYPD pulled Kamilah Brock, a black woman, over on suspicion of DUI marijuana. They found nothing but seized her BMW anyway. When she claimed it, they decided she was delusional, no black woman could be a banker and own a BMW, so they threw her in the psych ward for eight days. She's now out over $13k for the hospital bill. 

Brock woke up inside the Harlem Hospital psychiatric ward. For eight days, doctors and medical staff repeatedly injected Brock with sedatives and forced her to take lorazepam and lithium after misdiagnosing her as bipolar and delusional. According to medical records, doctors also repeatedly attempted to coerce her into denying she owned a BMW, was a banker, and has President Barack Obama as a follower on Twitter.

But according to her lawsuit, Brock does own a BMW. She has worked at Citibank, Chase, and Astoria Bank. And the 32-year-old black woman with no history of mental illness actually does have President Obama as a follower on Twitter.

After eight days, doctors released Brock without giving her any explanation. She received a hospital bill for $13,637.10 even though Brock was misdiagnosed and held there against her will. Earlier this year, she filed a lawsuit against the city of New York, the unidentified police officers, and Harlem Hospital for violating her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments.

Given the fact that cops have the legal authority to shoot unarmed people, conduct body cavity searches without reasonable suspicion, detain journalists, and choke suspects to death, apparently throwing sane people into psych wards can now be added to the list.

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