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CLEVELAND – A special investigator hired by plaintiff attorneys finds Cleveland police responsible for the death of 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson who died in police custody.

The Anderson family says the findings contained in a report filed in federal court support their belief that Anderson died as a result of excessive force.

Anderson’s family called police on November 12, 2014 seeking mental health assistance for Anderson who had recently been released from a mental health facility and has filed a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force.

Cassandra Johnson, Anderson’s mother, said she is “hopeful this will finally bring justice for Tanisha” and stressed again that the case “has been passed off from one agency to another for nearly two years”.

In addition, attorneys for Anderson are asking a federal judge for a partial summary judgment against the officers involved based on “excessive force and deliberate indifference”.

A report filed Monday by a former deputy police chief for the Los Angeles police department found:

Cleveland Police exhibited deliberate indifference in training, supervision and policy

Unreasonable and excessive use of force by officers

Failure to provide medical care for Anderson

Attorneys for Anderson also filed an amended complaint in federal court alleging excessive force, denial of medical assistance, wrongful death, assault and battery and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.



Article Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5 Cleveland 

Picture Courtesy of Getty Images

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