Family of mentally ill woman who died in custody sues

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 11:09 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — The family of a woman who died while lying face first on the ground in handcuffs has sued the city of Cleveland and the two police officers who subdued her.

The lawsuit filed in federal court on Wednesday says 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson panicked Nov. 12 when officers put her in the back of a patrol car after they'd responded to a call about Anderson having a mental health crisis.

The lawsuit says officers slammed her to the ground face first and handcuffed her when she tried to get out of the patrol car and that she then quickly lost consciousness. Paramedics could not revive her and she was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Anderson suffered from bipolar disease and schizophrenia.

A city spokesman declined to comment on Thursday.