By all accounts Jamaican-born Kam Brock was a successful executive. She had a career as a banker at Citigroup and drove a BMW 325Ci. Even President Obama followed her on Twitter. But in September of last year none of that made a difference as she was driving through Harlem, New York. She was pulled over by police under the suspicion she was high and smoking weed. The NYPD cops found no drugs in the car or on Brock, but they still impounded her vehicle.
The next day the highly irate Brock went to the police impound unit to get her car back and complained about her treatment by the officers. As she stated her displeasure and the fact that she was a highly successful businesswoman, she became emotional over her treatment. Apparently, that is when law enforcement decided she was mentally unbalanced. She was cuffed and taken to the psychiatric ward of Harlem Hospital, where she was held for eight days.
According to a lawsuit filed this week, the hospital labeled her a mentally disturbed person and tried to convince her that her job was not real and that Obama would never follow her on Twitter. Part of her hospital treatment plan notes included:
“Objective: Patient will verbalize the importance of education for employment and will state that Obama is not following her on Twitter,” the document reads. It also notes, “patient’s weaknesses: inability to test reality, unemployment.”
Brock states that she was forcibly sedated and made to take the drugs lorazepam and lithium. In addition she was made to attend group therapy and labeled delusional and bipolar. Then without warning, she was released but not before the hospital gave her a bill of $13,637.10 for treatment. Brock is now suing the NYPD and Harlem Hospital for unspecified damages over her treatment.