Something a bit off about this one to me at least. I remember back in the early 90’s some brothers in NYC putting together a Real Estate Investment Fund for buying up Harlem Brownstones to rehab and sell – and they were getting some pretty good prices. A nice Brownstone in Harlem today easily runs in the $2-3 million range. The kind of folks who dummy up $12,000-17,000 a month in Mortgage, before paying for the utilities and other essentials of keeping the house working…
Also tend to be the set who don’t consider it unusual to buy their kids at High School or College graduation a BMW 3 Class car.
So, without even having stood on the street corner and taken an unofficial survey, I gotta believe there are a lot of these running around. As well as substantially more expensive luxury cars costing 2 and 3 times more than the entry level 3 Series. So a black woman in a luxury car isn’t anything to raise any attention or comment for that matter. Much less a 10-15 year old 325 Ci, which they stopped making in 2006, and can be picked up for less than $10k.
I mean…Yeah, if you see a young guy in a Bugatti, and he’s wearing a Timex on his wrist instead of a Piaget…It’s time to start thinking about Grand Theft Auto.
Second thing is…Every time I have ever been stopped by a Cop – the first thing they ask for is “License and Registration”. And that Registration pretty much proves you own the car..Or at least are making regular enough payments to the bank not to have been visited by the “Snatch Man”.
“I do think race played a part in this.”
Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW.
In her first on-camera interview about her ordeal, which aired Thursday, the 32-year-old told PIX11 that it was all a “nightmare.”
It’s a nightmare, Brock’s lawyer told The Huffington Post, that never would have happened if she weren’t African-American.
Brock sued the city earlier this year in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She contends that her constitutional rights under the Fourth and 14th Amendments were violated and that she suffered “unwanted and unwarranted intrusion of her personal integrity, loss of liberty [and] mental anguish.”
The suit details how Brock pulled up to a traffic light in Harlem on Sept. 12, 2014, the music on her car stereo playing loudly. An NYPD officer approached her and asked why she was driving without her hands on the steering wheel, according to the suit.
“I said I was dancing, I am at a light,” Brock told PIX11. “He asked me to get out of the car.”
For unclear reason, Brock contends, she was taken into custody and transported to the NYPD’s 30th Precinct, where she was held for a few hours before being released without being charged with any crime. She said she was told to come back the next day to pick up her car, a 2003 BMW 325Ci.
When she showed up at a police substation to get the car the next day, Brock said, “I just felt like from the moment I said I owned a BMW, I was looked at as a liar. 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.”
“Then EMS approached me,” she continued. “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’m going to my car in an ambulance? I was just so confused.”
“If a white woman was trying to reclaim her BMW impounded by police, would she have been made a victim?” he said to HuffPost. “Would she have been questioned? Would she have been subject to sarcastic comments? Would she be made to justify who she was in order to ask for help? I don’t think so. I do think race played a part in this.”
Brock was taken instead to Harlem Hospital, where medical records obtained by her attorney,Michael Lamonsoff, show she was injected with powerful sedatives and forced to take doses of lithium.
“He held onto me and then the doctor stuck me in the arm and I was on a stretcher and I woke up to them taking my clothes off, specifically my underwear,” Brock tearfully recalled for PIX11’s Nicole Johnson. “Then I went back out again. When I woke up the next day, I felt like I was in a nightmare. I didn’t understand why that was happening to me.”
Medical records also show that over the course of her eight-day stay, personnel at the hospital repeatedly tried to get Brock to deny three things before she could be released: that she owned the BMW, that she was a professional banker, and that President Barack Obama followed her on Twitter.
The lawsuit says it was these three assertions that were the basis for the city determining that Brock was delusional and to diagnose her with bipolar disorder.
But according to Lamonsoff, Brock had no history of mental illness. She did own the BMW. At the time, she was employed as a banker and had worked at Citibank, Chase and Astoria Bank. And Obama does follow Brock on Twitter, just as he follows 640,000 other people.
When Brock was finally released from the hospital, the lawsuit states, she was slapped with a $13,000 medical bill.
A white woman would not have been treated like that, Lamonsoff argues.…More and see the video…
A 2006 BMW 325 Ci, $10,000 on Auto Trader