Ohio Attorney General Office to Serve as Special Prosecutor in Case of Tanisha Anderson


Update: Today the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office announced that the Ohio Attorney General would be handling the Tanisha Anderson case as a special prosecutor. The county sheriff's department began its investigation last summer.


Original story 1/2/2015: Today, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that the death of Tanisha Anderson was a homicide. She died due to "physical restraint" while being held in a prone position, according to the office. Her cause of death was also linked to ischemic heart disease and "Bipolar disorder with agitation."

Anderson, 37, was involved in a family dispute on Ansel Road on Cleveland's east side Nov. 13. Police were called, and, after discussion with the family, officers handcuffed the woman and escorted her to a cruiser to be taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. After resisting, she went limp, according to police officers on the scene. 

Along with the shooting death of Tamir Rice, Anderson's death has been taken up as a cause of protest against the Cleveland Police Department's ongoing pattern of excessive force (as detailed by the U.S. Department of Justice). 

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