CLEVELAND - The state attorney general's office will soon receive the case file of a woman who died in Cleveland police custody in 2014.
Cuyahoga County Judge Russo ruled this month that Tanisha Anderson's case file, excluding the coroner's reports can be sent to the attorney general's office review.
In February, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office asked for a special prosecutor to be appointed to the case, saying that the investigative file contained statements officers gave as part of an internal investigation and those documents should not have been given to prosecutor’s handling the criminal case.
Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge John Russo granted that request. In April, he assigned a special master – to review the case file , remove the statements prosecutors are not allowed to have, and send the file to the attorney general’s office.
That process was just completed this month.
It will be up to the special prosecutor to review and determine if the case should be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officers should face any criminal charges.
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.
The sheriff’s department gave the investigation to prosecutors in June 2015 to determine if the case should be presented to a grand jury to determine if the officers should face criminal charges. And at that time, the family thought they were finally going to get answers but they say they just got another delay.
Atty. David Malik, on the lawyers representing the Anderson family, says family members are hoping to get answers soon.