Age: 37

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Died: November 13, 2014

What Happened: Anderson was violently "taken down" by police officers after her uncle called 911 asking for medics—he specifically asked for an ambulance—to help him control his niece, who suffered from schizophrenia. In lieu of an ambulance, 911 operators sent police, who used violent maneuvers to get Anderson into a police car. The moves caused Anderson, who had a 16-year-old daughter, to collapse, and an ambulance was called only after she went limp. Shortly before she died at a nearby hospital, she could be heard reciting The Lord's Prayer. Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. [Source]

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Tanisha Anderson died last November after police tried to apprehend her

Taylor Lewis
Jan, 07, 2015

Two months after Cleveland police killed Tanisha Anderson, a mentally ill mother of one, the victim's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the local police department, according to Cleveland.com. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a recently released medical examiner's report ruling Anderson's death a homicide.

On November 12, Anderson's relatives called authorities after they were unable to control the 37-year-old woman, who suffered from schizophrenia. Her uncle, Michael Anderson, requested an ambulance, but police officers came instead. They executed what family members have called "a violent takedown move," in which an officer "grabbed Tanisha, slammed her to the sidewalk, pushed her face into the pavement, placed his knee onto her back, placed his weight on her and placed Tanisha in handcuffs," according to the lawsuit.  After her body went limp, an ambulance was called, but she died at the hospital.

The lawsuit notes that the police used excessive force and the department's guidelines for dealing with those who suffer from mental illness don't include crucial instructions: "The policy fails to direct officers to reduce tension, develop a plan, keep voices low, alter the use of force, or slow the pace of the encounter as techniques to avoid escalating the problems faced by mentally ill citizens." 

The family has requested an undisclosed sum in damages.