"It's All Truth," Says Woman Pulled From Metrorail for Singing

Emma Anderson, 82, spoke out about the incident for the first time

By David Jeannot
|  Friday, Mar 8, 2013  |  Updated 9:36 PM EDT
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Emma Anderson, 82, spoke out about the Feb. 20 incident for the first time. Her son Donald Anderson, neighbor Reginald Owens and attorney Alberto Carbonel also discussed the case.

Emma Anderson, 82, spoke out about the Feb. 20 incident for the first time. Her son Donald Anderson, neighbor Reginald Owens and attorney Alberto Carbonel also discussed the case.

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Mayor Apologizes to Woman, 82, Pulled From Metrorail

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued an apology Thursday to Emma Anderson, 82, who was pulled from a Metrorail train in Miami on Feb. 20. Her son Donald Anderson spoke out about the incident.

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The 82-year-old woman that was pulled from the Metrorail for singing spiritual songs spoke out about the case for the first time.

“It’s all truth, and only the truth (is) gonna make us free,” Emma Anderson said.

She got an apology from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for the Feb. 20 incident on Thursday.

Anderson was asked by a security guard to stop singing while on the train, according to her son Donald Anderson.

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When she refused to stop, the guard started asking her to leave, but she refused. Video of the incident showed that the guard then grabbed her belongings, he and Anderson started struggling, and he pulled her so hard out of the train that she fell.

At a press conference Friday, Anderson's attorney, Alberto Carbonell, asked for information on how the security company was issued the contract, and whether it has had problems with passengers in the past.

Anderson was on her way to the Brownsville station when she was forced out of the train at the Brickell station.

“She’s never been in no kind of trouble, never had any kind of problems with the justice system, or nothing. And for them to treat her like that on the train is very disgusting," Donald Anderson said.

Neighbor Reginald Owens said it hurt his heart to see what Emma Anderson went through.

“If it was your mom, your daughter, your sister, your grandma, would you want to be treated like that?” he asked.

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