Woman Pulled From Metrorail Sues Security Company, Guard

Emma Anderson, 82, was pulled from a Metrorail train after refusing to stop singing religious songs.

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    Emma Anderson, 82, who was kicked off the Metrorail for singing religious songs, is suing the guard who took her off the train and the security company he worked for. The firm, 50 State Security Service, did not return a message seeking comment. Miami-Dade Transit said it cannot comment on pending or ongoing litigation. Anderson's attorney Al Carbonell spoke about the case.

    The woman who was kicked off the Metrorail for singing religious songs is suing the guard who took her off the train and the security company he worked for.

    Emma Anderson, 82, was removed from the Metrorail train in February after she was asked by the security guard to stop singing. When she refused, the guard asked her to leave. She refused again, and the security guard grabbed her belongings and pulled her out of the train.

    Video shows Anderson falling after the guard pulled her out.

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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.

    The complaint was filed in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court on Monday against 50 State Security Service and the guard. It said that Anderson was "slammed" onto the station pavement and was "bruised and battered."

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    The complaint says Anderson's brother, Frank Milton, had died in the two weeks before the incident.

    Her "thoughts were engaged in lifelong family memories and events involving Frank and other family members going back to the small farm in Georgia where plaintiff was born during the Great Depression," the complaint reads.

    A telephone message left after normal business hours, with a woman who answered the phone and said the office was closed, was not immediately returned.

    Anderson's attorney Al Carbonell says the county has been placed on notice about a possible lawsuit.

    Miami-Dade Transit said it cannot comment on pending or ongoing litigation. In a previous statement, the agency did cite that county rules prohibit anyone from "singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument" without a commercial permit.

    Carbonell maintains his client did not break any Metrorail rules.

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a public apology to Anderson last month.

    “We are sorry that this incident occurred and apologize to Mrs. Anderson. The situation should have been handled with more care and common sense,” Gimenez said in a statement.

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