New information on death in custody case highlighting how police deal with mentally ill

New information on death in custody case highlighting how police deal with mentally ill

Cleveland Police have now released information about the officers involved in the case of a woman who recently died in custody.

Tanisha Anderson died after her family called police because she was acting out. Officers handcuffed her to take her to a psychological evaluation, then police say her body went limp. She died at the hospital a short time later.

The cause of death remains under investigation by the medical examiner. But the case has put a spotlight on how Cleveland Police deal with the mentally ill. The woman's family has said police were too rough.

The Department of Justice recently raised questions about Cleveland Police and their handling of cases with the mentally ill.

The chief's office says the main officers involved in this case were Scott Aldridge, a veteran of 7 years, and Bryan Meyers, a rookie on the job since March.

Police say about 400 of roughly 1,500 officers have gone through special Crisis Intervention Training.

The training is done in week-long sessions by an agency called the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County.

Director William Denihan says officers learn how to deal with the mentally ill in tense situations. "When they come to a scene they should always be calm, speak in a low voice, but be very clear," Denihan said. "Don't threaten."

That agency is now in discussions that may lead to more training for more officers.

In the meantime, the officers in the Anderson case are on restricted duty as the matter is investigated.

Monday, the family and attorney David Malik plan to hold a news conference to speak out about the case and this issue.

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