Black woman taken to mental facility for telling police she owned her BMW

Held at ward for eight days and handed a bill for $13,000

Black Woman Gets Held At Psych Ward For Insisting She Owned A BMW

A black woman is suing the city of New York after she claimed she was forced to spend eight days in a mental health facility and given a $13,000 (£8,500) bill because a police officer didn't believe the BMW she was driving was hers.

32-year-old banker Kamilah Brock said police had pulled her over at a red light in Harlem in September last year and asked her why her hands were not on the steering wheel. She told them: "I was dancing, I am at a light."

She was then taken into custody at the NYPD's 30th precinct where she was held for several hours before being released without charges.

She says when she returned to pick up her 2003 BMW 325Cl the next day, police didn't believe she was the rightful owner of the vehicle.

"I just felt like from the moment I said I owned a BMW, I was looked at as a liar," she said. "They put me in handcuffs ... and they said we're gonna take you to your car. And I'm like, in an ambulance? I'm going to my car in an ambulance? I was just so confused."

Taken to psychiatric ward

She was taken to Harlem hospital psychiatric ward, where she claims medical records obtained by her attorney, Michael Lamonsoff, show she was forced to take lithium and injected with powerful sedatives. She says she was also stripped naked.

Her lawyer claims she spent eight days in the hospital and staff there said she was bi-polar and manic and tried to get her to deny that she owned the BMW and that she was a banker.

She is suing the city for unspecified damages and claims that her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments were violated and that she was a victim of racism.