She was telling the truth about President Barack Obama following her on Twitter — but she was still manic.
A Long Island woman suffered an agonizing courtroom defeat Wednesday when a jury determined Harlem Hospital doctors reasonably believed she was mentally ill in September 2014.
Kamilah (Kam) Brock’s bizarre nine-day stay in the psych ward was notable for her “grandiose” statement that doctors listed as symptoms of mania: that Obama followed her on Twitter and that she’d become a banker without a college degree.
Both statements were true. But a juror said that the context was critical.
“That’s not the first thing I’d say to somebody — that Obama follows me on Twitter,” juror Jerry Rella, 55, said. “It’s the way she’s saying it — that she’s important — the grandiosity.”
Brock, 36, was detained after going to the Public Service Area 6 stationhouse in Harlem to get information on how to retrieve her car, which had been impounded because she’d admitted to smoking weed. Cops said she was acting erratically and contacted EMTs who took her to the psych ward.
Several jurors said that Brock was less credible than three doctors — Elisabeth Lescouflair, Zana Dobroshi and Alan Labor — and NYPD Officer Salvador Diaz, who all determined she was in need of mental health treatment.
The jurors noted that Brock did not call her father or sister to the stand. Both, according to testimony, had told Harlem Hospital staff that Brock had recently been acting erratically.
“We view this verdict as a total vindication for the defendant officer and doctors who sought to help Ms. Brock through her troubling episode. The jury rejected any notion that the actions of these officials was anything but appropriate under the circumstances,” a Law Department spokesman said.
While at the hospital, Brock was injected three times with powerful anti-psychotics. The experience, she said, left her traumatized. She frequently broke down during the six-day trial.
Jurors deliberated for three days before reaching a verdict. At the beginning of deliberations three were in Brock’s favor and five were against, Rella said.
Brock began sobbing as the verdict was read.
“It’s reasonable for them to diagnose me with bipolar even though I’m telling the truth?” Brock said through tears.