Woman’s Death In Police Custody Ruled A Homicide

Source: Tom Beres, WKYC-TV, Cleveland / USA Today

CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has classified the November death of a 37-year-old woman who was in police custody as a homicide.

Tanisha Anderson died Nov. 12 at hospital after being handcuffed, taken into custody by Cleveland police and then losing consciousness while having a mental-health episode.

Relatives said the 37-year-old was schizophrenic, and they claimed an officer used excessive force.

According to the medical examiner, Anderson’s death was caused by a “sudden death associated with physical restraint” in a lying face-down position. The medical examiner also cited her heart disease and bipolar disorder.

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