City of Cleveland denies allegations in Tanisha Anderson wrongful death suit

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CLEVELAND- The city of Cleveland filed its response to a wrongful lawsuit from the family of Tanisha Anderson.

A family member called Cleveland police to the Anderson home on Ansel Road on Nov. 12 for a disturbance. Anderson, who suffered from bipolar disorder, agreed to be taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, but police said she resisted.

She was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, where she was pronounced dead. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the 37-year-old’s death a homicide.

In January, Anderson’s family filed a suit in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio against the city and two police officers. The lawsuit accuses Cleveland police of excessive force, wrongful death and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On Thursday, the city of Cleveland answered the suit in an official court filing, where it denies the allegations. According to the court document, the city does accept the medical examiner’s autopsy report, which states Anderson’s cause of death as “sudden death associated with physical restraint in prone position in association with ischemic heart disease and bipolar disorder with agitation.”

The city also denies problems with the Cleveland Division of Police’s policy on handling the mentally ill.

Continuing coverage of Tanisha Anderson here.

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