The investigation surrounding the 2014 death of Tanisha Anderson at the hands of the police has taken a new turn after it was announced that the Ohio attorney general’s office was named the special prosecutor in the case, NBC News reports.
After discovering a conflict of interest in the case, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday asked AG Mike DeWine‘s office to take over.
Anderson, 37, died Nov. 13, 2014, after she was taken into custody by police officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers. Anderson was bipolar and schizophrenic and allegedly struggled with the officers during the incident.
The officers allegedly put pressure on her back while attempting to handcuff her. Her family explained to reporters they called the police because they were worried about her well-being. She was pronounced dead the same evening.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Anderson’s death a homicide by “sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position.” Her heart problems and obesity also reportedly played into her death.
In January 2015, Anderson’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Cleveland. The family claimed the city and the officers violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by using excessive force on Anderson.
The family has also called for more training for Ohio police officers when it comes to community members with mental illnesses.
SOURCE: NBC News | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform