Tanisha Anderson

Tanisha Anderson
Joell Anderson

On Nov. 12, 2014, Tanisha Anderson died while suffering a mental break while in police custody. The two officers who responded that night reportedly took down Anderson in front of her east Cleveland home and restrained her face down. Anderson appeared to stop breathing. Emergency Medical Services didn’t arrive until 45 minutes later.

One year ago, the city of Cleveland reached a $2.25 million settlement with Anderson’s family. Most recently, a grand jury declined to indict the two officers involved in the incident.

Tanisha Anderson
JOELL ANDERSON

A Cuyahoga County grand jury has decided not to charge two Cleveland officers in the death of Tanisha Anderson.

Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers responded to a call from the family in 2014 while Anderson suffered a mental health episode. Anderson, who suffered from heart disease and bipolar disorder, died after being taken down and restrained in handcuffs.

Cleveland Settles with Family of Tanisha Anderson

Feb 6, 2017
photo of plaque remembering Tanisha Anderson
NICK CASTELE / IDEASTREAM

The city of Cleveland has reached at $2.25 million settlement with the family of a woman with mental illness who died after police tried to take her into custody. 

In November 2014, two Cleveland police officers responded to a call for a woman in crisis. As officers tried to put the handcuffed Tanisha Anderson in their cruiser, there was a struggle, and she ended up on the ground, unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

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CITY OF CLEVELAND

The Cleveland Police Department has proposed new guidelines for officers called to handle health crisis situations.  It’s part of the city’s police reform efforts with the U.S. Justice Department.  

Tanisha Anderson
Joell Anderson

A police consultant says Cleveland officers did not follow common police practices, which contributed to the death of Tanisha Anderson. The report was filed today as part of an ongoing lawsuit Anderson’s family has filed against the officers and the city.

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