Death of Tanisha Anderson Is Ruled a Homicide

Death of Tanisha Anderson Is Ruled a Homicide

The death of Tanisha Anderson, who died while in custody of Cleveland police in November, was ruled a homicide, according to a Cuyahoga County medical examiner report.

Published January 5, 2015

The death of Tanisha Anderson, who died while in custody of Cleveland police in November 2014, was ruled a homicide, according to a Cuyahoga County medical examiner report released Friday.

The 37-year-old woman lost consciousness while being physically restrained by police officers during a mental health episode, CBS News reports. Other factors in her death included a heart condition and bipolar disorder. She reportedly was schizophrenic.

"The family demands justice for Tanisha, a thorough criminal investigation and an independent prosecutor that results in accountability by the police officers and the Cleveland Police Department," a statement released by the family said Friday.

The two officers involved in Anderson's killing were placed on restrictive administrative leave when investigations began in the incident.

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(Photo: Courtesy Tanisha Anderson Family)

Written by Natelege Whaley

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