A mentally ill Ohio woman is dead after a Cleveland police officer allegedly slammed her head into the pavement right outside her family’s home.
The incident began when Tanesha Anderson’s family called police explaining she was creating a disturbance. The 37-year-old woman was mentally ill and suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. After police came to the house, a discussion followed in which it was agreed that Anderson would go to hospital for an evaluation.
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Police reports and witnesses agree on what happened up until this point, but not on what followed next.
According to the family, officers went too far, and during a struggle one of them slammed Anderson to the sidewalk, where she died.
“They killed my sister,” her 40-year-old brother, Joell Anderson, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer with tears in his eyes. “I watched it.”
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According to police, the officers escorted Anderson to a police vehicle, where she began to actively resist them. Officers placed her in handcuffs and tried to put her in the back of the squad car.
“The woman began to kick at officers,” Sgt. Ali Pillow said in a press release. “A short time later the woman stopped struggling and appeared to go limp. Officers found a faint pulse on the victim and immediately called EMS.”
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