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THIS JUST IN: Mentally ill woman's death ruled a homicide

Tanisha Anderson died November 12, 2014. (Source: Family) Tanisha Anderson died November 12, 2014. (Source: Family)
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The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has released new information about the death of a woman who died in police custody.

37-year-old Tanisha Anderson died on Nov. 12. She had been began acting out due to mental health and other medical issues so her family called 911 for help.

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

Friday, more than one month after her death, the ME ruled her death a homicide and released the cause: 'Sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position in association with ischemic heart disease and Bipolar disorder with agitation.'

Officers Scott Aldridge, a veteran of 7 years, and Bryan Meyers, a rookie on the job since March have both been placed on restricted duty while the matter is investigated.

Tanisha Anderson's family released the following statement regarding the ME's report:

Our beloved Tanisha's death has been ruled a homicide. 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. 

The Cleveland Police Dept. had this to say about Anderson's death:

Today, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office released information regarding the in-custody death of Tanisha Anderson which occurred on November 13, 2014. The Medical Examiner identified the cause of death as “Sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position in association with ischemic heart disease and Bipolar disorder with agitation,” and the manner of death as “Homicide, Legal Intervention”.

The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team continues to investigate this case and no new information regarding the investigation is available at this time. Both of the officers involved in the incident remain assigned to the Division of Police in a restricted duty capacity.

Upon completion of the Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team's investigation, the case will be presented to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for review.

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