Two Cleveland officers to face hearing in death of Tanisha Anderson

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Tanisha Anderson (Family photo)

CLEVELAND- Two Cleveland police officers will face a pre-disciplinary hearing in connection with the death of Tanisha Anderson.

Family members called Cleveland police to a house on Nov. 12 for a domestic disturbance. Anderson, 37, agreed to go to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but she resisted officers, the report said. Her body went limp and was pronounced dead the next day.

On Friday, Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath said there will be a pre-disciplinary hearing, which is not open to the public. After the hearing, McGrath will determine if the officers will face any disciplinary action.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Anderson’s death a homicide, saying she died of “physical restraint in a prone position.”

Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Cleveland and the two officers. They said Anderson, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was treated like a criminal and that Cleveland police policy for dealing with the mentally ill is inadequate.

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