Psych Crime Reporter

March 29, 2012

Two psychiatrists and hospital named in NY cop’s $50 million involuntary commitment lawsuit

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:53 pm


Psych Crime Reporter first posted this news a year ago. However, with the recent issuance of a New York Police Department report confirming the allegations of former officer Adrian Schoolcraft–that his former precinct manipulated crime stats and enforced arrest quotas–it’s a good opportunity to reiterate another aspect of the story:


March 5, 2011

Since former New York police officer Adrian SchoolcMost of the news you will read about the lawsuit filed by New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft is about how his superiors in Brooklyn’s 81st Precinct had him involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility because he was going to blow the whistle on them for unlawful ticket quotas and manipulated crime statistics.

What is not so much publicized is that the defendants in his $50 million lawsuit include Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and two of its psychiatrists: Dr. Isak Isakov and Dr. Lilian Aldana-Bernier.

Among the allegations against Isakov and Aldana-Bernier in Schoolcraft’s civil suit:

  • They failed to perform the proper and necessary tests to determine that plaintiff was either a “substantial risk of physical harm to himself…or to others….”

(In New York, as in most states, the criteria for being involuntarily committed to a psychiatric facility is that one must be shown to be a danger to himself or others by having made suicidal or homicidal threats or attempts or displayed such behavior.)

  • They unlawfully detained and involuntarily confined Schoolcraft to Jamaica Hospital for treatment without any justification, in violation of his constitutional rights.
  • They deprived Schoolcraft of his liberty, denied him his fundamental constitutional rights, publicly embarrassed and humiliated him and caused him to suffer severe emotional distress.

A psychiatrist can’t simply lock someone up in a psych ward just because another person—even an officer of the law—claims they’re “agitated” or “emotionally disturbed.”

Schoolcraft has since been vindicated in his whistleblower allegations:  The 81st Precinct came under investigation and its top commanders have all been given departmental charges and/or been transferred.

Which makes it look all the worse for psychiatrists Isakov and Aldana-Bernier.

Source: “Cop who made tapes accuses NYPD of false arrest,” Associated Press, October 9, 2010; Coleen Long, Tom Hays, “‘What is this, Russia?” Cop claims NYPD had him committed for being a whistleblower,”, October 10, 2010; Len Levitt, “Adrian Schoolcraft: Now it’s getting serious,” Huffington Post, January 31, 2011 and Rocco Parascandola, “Brooklyn’s 81st Precinct probed by NYPD for fudging stats; felonies allegedly marked as misdemeanors,” New York Daily News.


1 Comment »

  1. The Suffolk County Police colluded with my former husband who is involved in Medicaid and other insurance fraud. Ex is has always been a sadistic, sneaky emotional abuser. Now has gov. access is giving orders to Suffolk Cops violating rights causing physical and emotional harm by proxy using poorly trained unsupervised Police to help him do his dirty deeds.
    Never been to a psychiatrist in my 57 years. I was literally hunted by SCPD using gps. I was followed to my home in Shirley NY, forced out of my car, thrown to the ground, never even asked for my drivers licens. They knew who I was and were being told by my ex what to do. I was handcuffed for no reason, my house surrounded by 4 SCPD cars. 8 cops surrounded me. I was alone. It was 1:00 a.m.
    The 8 cops pulled out tasers (again I am 5ft 2 and a women, never violent not even talking to them) and they proceeded to take turns tasering me all over. Then called an ambulance that brought me to Brookhaven hospital in E. Patchogue NY, where I was held against my will for 3 weeks while medicaid was gotten for me. I never signed authorization for treatment. Tried to get me to take psych meds I have never heard of without having even examined me or even speaking to me nurses began coming to my room saying to me “here’s your Depakote” and here’s your Respiril” wtf I refused told them I have never heard of these meds was not ever BiPolar or delusional. Went on for 3 whole weeks.
    No diagnosis, no after care, ne meds. I was hunted like an animal,brutally tasered right on my own front lawn by dirty bastard cops who belong in the psych ward much more than I do..jail a bettter place for them as they are commiting federal felonys in colluding to rob the U.S,Gov. of Medicaid fees charged for my forced unnecessary hospitalization. Doctors also involved in fraud with my ex. and Dirty Cops.
    Can’t wait for my day in Southern District Court Manhatten Court. FRAUD & ABUSE along with numerous violations of my Constitutional Rights. Disgusting Pigs allof them.

    Comment by Exposing the truth — August 19, 2012 @ 6:52 am | Reply

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