Saturday, January 3, 2015

Mentally ill Cleveland woman’s death by police ruled homicide

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The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office made the announcement on Friday, ruling that Anderson experienced “sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position.” 
The office also said heart disease and bipolar disease were factors contributing to her death, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.The death of Cleveland woman Tanisha Anderson – who was in the midst of being detained after police physically restrained her during a mental health call by her family – has been ruled a homicide by the county medical examiner.
The incident happened on November 13, when Anderson’s family called police explaining she was creating a disturbance. The 37-year-old African American woman was mentally ill and suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. After police came to the house, a discussion followed in which it was agreed that Anderson would go to a hospital for an evaluation.
Police reports and witnesses agreed up to that point, but not on what happened during the arrest.
At the time, the family said the police went too far, during a struggle, one of them slammed Anderson to the sidewalk, where she died.
They killed my sister,” Tanisha’s brother Joell Anderson told the Plain Dealer with tears in his eyes shortly after the incident happened. “I watched it.

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