Miami-Dade Metrorail security guards have gotten so aggressive, that even the local media has taken notice, reporting on a recent incident in which an 82-year-old woman was dragged off the train for singing Gospel hymns.
But true to its form, the local media was able to justify the guard’s behavior by providing an explanation from a Miami-Dade Transit flack that any type of singing on the Metrorail calls for being physically removed from the train – even if it results in an elderly lady falling on a platform and injuring her hip.
However, a top executive from 50 State Security revealed in a deposition with my attorney last year that use of force by guards can only be used in extremely limited circumstances.
And singing Gospel hymns without a permit is not one of these circumstances.
And neither is photography for that matter but the local media (with the exception of the Miami New Times that marches to its own journalistic beat) took no interest in my story in which I was attacked and placed in a chokehold for taking pictures even though the Youtube video received more than 100,000 views.
The two stations that reported on the latest incident, WSVN and WPLG, didn’t bother mentioning the name of the security company that receives millions of dollars in tax dollars a year to protect our trains from evildoers.
In fact, they didn’t even bother mentioning the name of the 50 State security guard who was caught on a cell phone camera dragging the woman out of the train for singing hymns, even though at one point in the video, passengers demand to know his name.
Both stations conveniently cut away from the cell phone video before the guard could answer, if he ever did. And I couldn’t find the video on Youtube during a cursory search.
The incident is troubling because it further confirms that 50 State security guards have a severe lack of training in how to adequately relate to the general public, but neither the county nor the media seem to be very concerned about it.
However, that is one of the issues we are addressing in our federal lawsuit against the company, which we filed six days before the incident against Emma Anderson took place.
Anderson told the media that she has no desire to ever ride the train again and I can completely relate to that sentiment because it’s no longer just about Who Watches the Watchers as Infowars asked in a recent interview with me about the Metrorail and TSA.
It’s about who protects us from the protectors?
Here is what Karla Damian, a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Transit, had to say about the incident:
“Miami-Dade Transit has a responsibility to all its passengers to provide a safe and comfortable travel experience. The elderly passenger, Ms. Anderson, who was escorted from a Metrorail train, was initially asked by a security guard to refrain from singing loudly and playing an instrument while on the train.
She refused to comply. County rules associated with transit use prohibit anyone from singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument unless a commercial permit is issued by MDT. Further, Ms. Anderson’s singing was causing a disturbance to other passengers and impeding important train announcements from being heard.
We regret that Ms. Anderson had to eventually be escorted out, but regardless of age, all passengers need to abide by the rules associated with using transit.”
Damian can be reached at 786-469-5420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the video from my altercation with 50 State security guards over my right to take photos on the Metrorail.