Cleveland police officers submit answers in Tanisha Anderson case

Tanisha Anderson (Family photo)

Tanisha Anderson (Family photo)

CLEVELAND – Cleveland police officers in the Tanisha Anderson case are responding for the first time to a lawsuit.

The answers were filed Wednesday. 37-year-old Anderson died in police custody in November 2014.

According to the lawsuit, the officers allege that Anderson was partly to blame.

“Plaintiff’s claims and damages may be limited or barred, in whole or in part by the common law defenses of contributory negligence, comparative negligence, assumption of risk, and lack of direct and proximate cause,” the document states.

Tanisha Anderson died in police custody in November 2014 when her family wanted her taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. They say she was handcuffed and slammed to the ground, something police union officials dispute.

The case was first investigated by Cleveland police, then the Cuyahoga Sheriff’s Department.

Tanisha’s family filed a report back in July from a hired investigator, along with a motion asking for a summary of judgment against the officers involved.

Their attorneys are also asking the city of Cleveland to do training on positional asphyxia for all officers.

**More on the case here**