CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has learned of a multi-million dollar settlement in a civil lawsuit over the death of a woman in Cleveland police custody.
The death of Tanisha Anderson put a spotlight on how Cleveland police interact with people who have mental health issues.
We have learned the settlement includes a payment from the city of Cleveland to the family for more than 2 million dollars, and outlines other changes surrounding police procedures in these types of cases.
Family members says they have come up with a policy on how police should deal with individuals with mental illness and the lawyers say they are recommending that policy to the city.
However, in recent months Cleveland has stepped up training for officers dealing with these situations.
Anderson’s family would also like the officers involved in her death fired.
The city opened an internal review of the officers conduct in Anderson’s death two years ago but no action has been taken yet.
Tanisha Anderson died in police custody in November 2014 when her family wanted her taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
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