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BART Settles $1.35M Excessive Force Suit With Woman

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(AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit has agreed to pay a San Francisco woman $1.35 million to settle a lawsuit alleging a transit officer broke bones in her face and left her bloody and unconscious.

The East Bay Times reports Saturday that Bart says in a statement it settled the lawsuit earlier this month and accepted full responsibility for the injuries Meghan Sheehan received after an officer slammed her face-first onto the floor.

Sheehan filed the lawsuit last year following her St. Patrick's Day arrest in 2014 at the Lake Merritt BART station in downtown Oakland.

BART police say they found Sheehan lying on a bench, apparently intoxicated. They say she kicked an officer when he attempted to handcuff her.

Sheehan's complaint accuses an officer of violently beating her. A surveillance video captured Sheehan lying unconscious in a pool of blood.