Mentally Ill Woman’s Death In Cleveland Police Custody Is Ruled Homicide (Video)

| by Michael Allen

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner recently ruled that the death of Tanisha Anderson, a mentally ill woman who died in police custody, was a homicide.

Anderson reportedly had mental health problems that caused her to act out, so her family called 911 on Nov. 12 in Cleveland, Ohio (video below).

Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Meyers responded to the call, but Anderson lost consciousness while in their custody.

Anderson's family claims one of the officers used excessive force on the 37-year-old woman, who was schizophrenic, notes CBS News.

According 19 Action News, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner wrote in its report, "Sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position in association with ischemic heart disease and bipolar disorder with agitation."

Anderson's family said in a statement: "Our beloved Tanisha's death has been ruled a homicide. The family demands justice for Tanisha, a thorough criminal investigation and an independent prosecutor that results in accountability by the police officers and the Cleveland Police Department."

The Cleveland Police Department also released a statement that said in part:

The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team continues to investigate this case and no new information regarding the investigation is available at this time. Both of the officers involved in the incident remain assigned to the Division of Police in a restricted duty capacity.
Upon completion of the Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team's investigation, the case will be presented to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Sources: 19 Action News, CBS News / Image Credit: Cleveland Police Logo