By Evette D. Champion
When you think of a psych ward, you probably think it is a place for those who are mentally unstable and could cause danger to themselves and/or others. It certainly isn’t a place where you would find someone who was a successful banker for one of the largest corporations in the country.
Sadly, that is exactly where you could have found 32-year-old Kam Brock, a former banker for Citigroup. She was pulled over by NYPD in Harlem last September. The police accused her of being under the influence of marijuana and they impounded her BMW—oddly enough, no marijuana was found in her car.
The following day, she went to the police station to pick up her car and complained about how the officers treated her. Then it gets scary.
Brock is forcibly sedated, placed in handcuffs, and taken to Harlem Hospital. When she arrived, she was immediately placed in the psych ward because she was labeled as “Emotionally Disturbed.”
In an interview Brock had with the New York Daily News, she reveals: “Next thing you know, the police held onto me, the doctor stuck me with a needle and I was knocked out, […] I woke up to them taking off my underwear and then went out again. I woke up the next day in a hospital robe.”
During the eight days that she was held in the hospital, she was given injections of strong sedatives and ordered to take multiple doses of lithium. She tried to explain who she was and validate her credibility and sanity by talking about her job, and that even President Obama follows her on Twitter. The doctors insisted that she was delusional and suffered from bipolar disorder. They kept her sedated and in treatment.
The New York Daily News got a copy of Brock’s treatment plan. It stated: Objective: Patient will verbalize the importance of education for employment and will state that Obama is not following her on Twitter,” and “patient’s weaknesses: inability to test reality, unemployment.”
All of this could have been avoided if the doctors chose to fact check to see if the things she was saying were true. A glimpse at her Instagram account showed events she attended when she was with Citibank. There were photos of official company emails that listed Brock as one of the most productive bankers for the month. Why… Simply Googling Brock’s name could have provided them with enough information.
Instead, the hospital kept her locked away. The medical records show that she was forced to attend group therapy, injections of strong sedatives, and take both lorazepam and lithium pills.
To add insult to injury, she was handed a $13,000 medical bill upon release. Brock has filed a law suit against the city, and it is being reviewed by the NYC Law Department.