This summer, LA County paid Carla Sameth a settlement of $199,000 even though the sheriff's department's use of force investigation blamed Sameth for her injuries during a 2009 run in with officers at the Gold Line light rail station in Huntington Park
Now that the case has been resolved, Sameth is speaking out about the incident for the first time. She wrote a first-person account that was published by the Pasadena Weekly.
Sameth, a business owner, writer and single mother, was riding the MTA Gold Line home to Pasadena when a deputy asked to see her fare. She could not find the ticket in her purse, only a receipt. The deputy directed her to get off the train at the next stop, Highland Park. Deeming her "uncooperative," the deputy had a female deputy conduct a pat down body search of Sameth on the station platform.
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