A woman is suing New York City after she claims 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, according to the British newspaper The Independent.
Kamilah Brock, 32, who is a banker, said that police had initially pulled her over at a red light in Harlem and asked her why her hands were not on the steering wheel. She said she was dancing because she was at a light. She was then asked to get out of the car.
She was detained in jail and later released without charges. When she went to get her BMW, the cops reportedly didn’t believe it was hers and sent her to Harlem hospital psychiatric ward.
“I just felt like from the moment I said I owned a BMW, I was looked at as a liar,” Brock told PIX 11.
According to the British newspaper The Daily Mail, records show that personnel at Harlem Hospital tried to make her deny that she owned a BMW, was a banker, and that President Barack Obama followed her on Twitter.
Medical staff believed that Brock had bi-polar disorder for her claims about the BMW, her job, and her social media account.
According to the Daily Mail, Brock’s lawyer Michael Lamonsoff says that his client told the truth the entire time and claims that Brock was discriminated against because she is black and a white woman would not have had the same experience.
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Retired tennis star James Blake was tackled to the ground outside of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York on September 9th by a plainclothes police officer.
Was it racial profiling? Blake, once a nationally-ranked tennis player, was waiting for a car to take him to the US Open when, he says, a plainclothes officer charged at him and tackled him the ground, writes The Gothamist.
Police Commissioner William Bratton insists that the tackle was not an example of racial profiling. The plainclothes officer has been placed on “modified assignment,” according to a statement released early this morning by the NYPD.
Blake was handcuffed for 15 minutes, while five officers reportedly held him against the outside of the hotel.
The officers were allegedly looking for a suspect involved in an investigation into fraudulently purchased cellphones, and “mistook” Blake for that individual.
Security footage released by the New York City Police Department on Friday confirms the incident.
After the 15 minutes in handcuffs, Blake was released.
Authorities say that a Durham, North Carolina man who said he was going to commit suicide was shot and killed by police Saturday morning.
Sources claim he also pointed the gun at police.
Around 10:30 a.m., police were called to the scene for “an armed suicidal male,” Durham Police said.
“Officers made every effort to get the male to drop his weapon,” stated Wil Glenn, Durham Public Affairs Manager, in a press release.
“Hostage negotiators arrived approximately 20 minutes later and continued to attempt to get the male to drop his weapon for an extended period of time, preliminary understood to be well over 30 minutes,” said Mr. Glenn.
On Sunday, officials identified the man who died as Lavante Trevon Biggs, age 21, of Durham.
The officers then fired their weapons, and the man was shot and taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead, writes wncn.com.
“The Durham Police Department extends their thoughts and prayers to the family of the individual involved in today’s tragic incident,” Glenn wrote in the release.
The police chief Jose Lopez says that the four officers involved have all been put on administrative leave, writes ABC News.
Four police officers have been arrested on suspicion of physically abusing 13 children attending a police-run boot camp in San Luis Obispo, California, writes ABC7.com in Los Angeles.
The Police Department officers from Huntington Park, California, were arrested this week, writes ABC 7 news network.
All four officers posted their $20,000 bond.
The camp was from May 17th to 24th. The one-week “Leadership Empowerment and Discipline Boot Camp Program” brought at-risk youth to Camp San Luis.
ABC writes that promotional materials state the program is sponsored by Huntington Park and South Gate police departments and is designed for children experiencing behavior or disciplinary problems.
According to The Huffington Post, the union representing a University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder wants to help him get his job back.
Police Officer Ray Tensing has been charged with shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop.
The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio filed a grievance on behalf of Officer Tensing on Wednesday, the same day that he was charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 19 killing of Sam DuBose.
Tensing lost his job upon being charged with murder.
Catherine Brockton, the union’s executive director, said, “He hasn’t been convicted of anything.”
However, he has been charged and it will take time to go to trial.
Brockton acknowledged that Tensing getting his job back before the trial verdict isn’t “likely.” She said to The Huffington Post that the filing of the grievance as a routine maneuver.
Cell phone footage was released on Wednesday showing the beating of unarmed 22-year-old Tyree Carroll by Philadelphia Police.
The Philadelphia Police Department (PDP) has opened an internal affairs investigation into the violent arrest, which occurred in early April, only after proof of the beating appeared online.
The video, which has already been viewed over 100,000 times, shows multiple officers repeatedly punching and kicking the African American youth, writes the World Socialist Web Site. Despite the fact that the filming is taking place roughly a block away from the incident, Carroll can be heard clearly screaming in pain throughout.
Crossing the traffic lanes, not obeying traffic signs, and swerving in the road are some of the reasons you can get pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), according to the Your Erie website.
So what happens when the officer tells you to step behind your vehicle to perform a field sobriety test?
You’ll be asked to follow the tip of a pen with your eyes, put through a heel to toe walk, and then perform a balance test, such as standing on one foot.
You are also given a breathalyzer test to determine how much alcohol is in your system, writes Your Erie.
Police say their reasons for every one of these tests to insure you’re OK to continue driving, or to arrest you for drunk driving.
Police can also use these checks for drugs in your system.