Bay Area Financial District Oakland San Francisco

Pregnant woman claims BART Police caused her miscarriage.

Andrea Appleton, 24 and her boyfriend Michael Smith, 22, were restrained and taken to the ground by BART police on July 29.

The altercation with the police occurred after another passenger on the BART to West Oakland, was harassing Appleton and Smith who was on her way to her doctors appointment. The passenger, a white male, falsely reported that Smith was armed and threatened to rob him, which promoted the altercation at Embarcadero Station.

Two weeks after Smiths arrest, Appleton miscarried. 

Smith who was facing misdemeanor charges of battery, was acquitted last week but still face two other battery charges and resisting arrest.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi has requested that District Attorney George Gascon drop the rest of Smith’s charges. 


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Shabaz Kazia is a full time Communications student at San Francisco State University, minoring in Journalism. He looks forward to finding a career crafting long-form multimedia pieces on the music industry or public affairs. He hails from North Hollywood, but doesn't plan on leaving his adopted San Francisco.