Family organizes rally after woman dies in police custody - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Family organizes rally after woman dies in police custody

Tanisha Anderson dies November 12.  (Source: Family) Tanisha Anderson dies November 12. (Source: Family)
Demonstrators protest Tanisha Anderson's death.  (Source: WOIO) Demonstrators protest Tanisha Anderson's death. (Source: WOIO)
Loved ones organize a rally after Tanisha Anderson dies in police custody.  (Source: WOIO) Loved ones organize a rally after Tanisha Anderson dies in police custody. (Source: WOIO)

The family of Tanisha Anderson organized a rally in an effort to shed light on the incident that led to her death and create a dialogue about how officers handle calls involving people who are mentally ill.

The event was held at the intersection of Ansel Road and Superior Avenue Thursday evening. 

The 37-year-old died on Nov. 12, after her family called 911 for medical intervention when she began to act out due to mental health and other medical issues.

The family called for assistance twice that day.  The first responding officers managed to calm Anderson.

A different set of officers were dispatched to the home for the second call.

Anderson's family members, who say they were instructed to remain inside the house by police, watched the incident unfold outside.

According to them, an officer used a brutal take-down move and wouldn't heed their concerns of how he was handling Anderson.

The Cleveland Police public information officer says the responding officer was attempting to escort Anderson to a psych evaluation when she began to violently resist.  The report says her body "went limp".

As of December 11, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has still not ruled on her cause of death.

Anderson's family has filed a complaint with the NAACP regarding the incident.

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