Cleveland Woman Dies After Police Force Her to Pavement, Brother Says

Cleveland Woman Dies After Police Force Her to Pavement, Brother Says

Tanesha Anderson died on Nov. 13 during an altercation with Cleveland cops outside of her family's home.

Published November 18, 2014

Joell Anderson told reporters that he watched the police kill his sister, Tanesha, right outside of his Cleveland home last Thursday.

"She was outgoing, silly, always joking,” he told Cleveland.com. "She just wasn't doing very well that day."

According to a report, a family member had called officers to the home on Nov. 13, claiming that the 37-year-old bipolar and schizophrenic woman was disturbing the peace. The police claimed the officers and the family both agreed on placing Tanesha at a local medical center for evaluation.

But, shortly afterward, the woman was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic following a disputed altercation with the officers.

"As the officers escorted Anderson to the police vehicle, she began actively resisting the officers," police spokesman Sgt. Ali Pillow said in a recent statement.

"The woman began to kick at officers” after she was handcuffed, refusing to enter a squad car, he said. "A short time later the woman stopped struggling and appeared to go limp. Officers found a faint pulse on the victim and immediately called EMS.”

Joell, who said his sister was "more of a danger to herself than others,” remembers the event differently. The 40-year-old told Cleveland.com that Tanesha willingly entered the vehicle, but grew anxious about being in a confined space and attempted to exit.

Unable to force the woman back inside the vehicle, one of the two male officers allegedly “used a take-down move,” slamming her to the pavement, Joell said. Tanesha then went unconscious as the officer placed his knee on her back and handcuffed her.

Joell continued to describe how the officers reportedly refused to touch his sister until a female officer arrived. She remained lifeless on the ground for about 20 minutes until an ambulance arrived, he said.

A medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of Tanesha’s death. The case is being investigated by the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team.

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(Photo: WOIO-TV/ 19 Action News, Cleveland, OH)

Written by Patrice Peck

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