Medical Examiner releases autopsy of Tanisha Anderson

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CLEVELAND- The autopsy report of a Cleveland woman who died after being restrained by police was released on Thursday.

Family members called officers to their Ansel Road home for a disturbance involving 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson on Nov. 12. She agreed to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but started to resist as she was put in the police cruiser, the police report said. Anderson’s body went limp and she was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where she was pronounced dead.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Anderson’s death a homicide caused by “physical restraint in a prone position.”

The autopsy report said she suffered from ischemic heart disease, bipolar disorder, obesity and diabetes. Anderson, who was 5 foot 6 and 251 pounds, had abrasions and contusions on her arms, legs and back.

Last week, attorneys for Anderson’s family said she was an unarmed woman, who didn’t commit a crime, but Cleveland police treated her like a criminal.

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