Investigation into Tanisha Anderson’s death turned over to prosecutor’s office

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Tanisha Anderson (Family photo)

CLEVELAND- The investigation into the death of Tanisha Anderson was turned over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, the Fox 8 I-Team learned on Monday.

Anderson died while handcuffed in Cleveland police custody last November as officers were about to take her for a mental evaluation. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, citing factors including the physical restraint of police as well as her mental illness and a heart condition.

Police told Fox 8 the case has been turned over to the county prosecutor. The prosecutor’s office is only saying the case is being reviewed. It is not clear yet if the facts will be presented to a grand jury for possible criminal charges.

The Anderson family has claimed police used a violent takedown maneuver during a struggle to get 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson into a police car. The police union has disputed that.

The officers involved are facing internal discipline from their bosses for failing to call an ambulance soon enough. Those internal charges have been put on hold as the criminal investigation plays out.

Meantime, the Anderson family is pursuing a civil lawsuit against Cleveland police and calling for more training to help officers deal with the mentally ill. One of the two officers involved in the incident that turned deadly had gone through special training for handling calls like this.

Continuing coverage of Tanisha Anderson’s death here.

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