Funeral for mentally ill woman who died in police custody, family files lawsuit

Funeral for mentally ill woman who died in police custody, family files lawsuit
Tanisha Anderson died Nov. 8 (Source: Family)
Tanisha Anderson died Nov. 8 (Source: Family)

Family and friends gather to lay 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson to rest after she died while in police custody outside her family's home on Ansel Road.

The Saturday morning service at the Chapel-Hope Christian Fellowship in Cleveland.

The deadly incident happened November 12 during a well check call performed by Cleveland Police.

Although the incident occurred almost a month ago, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not yet ruled on her cause of death.

Anderson's family, who called officers to the home twice, say they were seeking medical intervention because had mental health issues and was acting out.

Upon their second arrival, police say they tried to put Anderson in a patrol car and escort her to a psych evaluation, when she resisted violently.

The responding officers say Anderson's body just went limp.

Her brother says police used a "take-down" move that went too far.

The police union says Anderson had a pulse in the ambulance.

The chief's office say police did not use any weapons like pepper spray or a taser.

Anderson's family hopes this case puts a spotlight on dealing with mental health cases.

The Cleveland NAACP confirms that they have received a complaint from the family alleging civil rights violations against the Cleveland Police Department. The organization says they will work with the family and their attorney regarding the matter.

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