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Tanisha Anderson death to be investigated by Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office

CLEVELAND – The death of Tanisha Anderson, who died while in Cleveland Police custody, will be investigated by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office asked the Sheriff’s Office to begin an investigation on Friday and Sheriff Clifford Pinkney agreed.

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“While I will not impose an artificial deadline, I can assure everyone that our detectives will diligently pursue the facts of this incident in a reasonable, responsible and timely manner,” Sheriff Pinkney  said in a released statement on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Cleveland woman’s family called 911 for mental health assistance on Nov. 12, 2014.

Anderson was bipolar and schizophrenic and family members grew concerned when she continued to remain outside the family’s home in freezing temperatures.

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Family members allege in a lawsuit that Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers used excessive force in restraining Anderson—including placing a knee in her back and pushing her face into the sidewalk.

According to documents in the case, it was determined that both officers “failed to notify EMS in a timely fashion when it became apparent a respondent you were in contact with was in need of medical assistance.”

The cause of death was ruled homicide by the Medical Examiner .


In a similar move, the Prosecutor’s Office asked the Sheriff’s Office to launch an investigation into the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by Cleveland Police in November of 2014.

The Sheriff’s Office released details of the Rice investigation on June 13 .

– From ABC 5 Cleveland, by Tim Reardon, 06/23/15

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