Today the family of Tanisha Anderson has announced their settlement of claims against the City of Cleveland and two police officers for a total of $2.25 million but the family continues to demand reforms and a memorial, including.
- Establish “Tanisha’s General Order” on subject control and positional asphyxiation
- Use the Tanisha Anderson death in officer training
- Discharge officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers from the CPD
- Install in a prominent place a memorial plaque prepared by the family that states, “May all police and other first responders stay vigilant toward the mentally ill persons they encounter. May we always have safe outcomes. Remember Tanisha Anderson, November 12, 2014.”
- Continue to implement crisis intervention reforms through the consent decree
Tanisha’s mother, Cassandra Johnson, who has been active in the national #sayhername movement, http://www.aapf.org/sayhername/,
stated, “These officers should be criminally prosecuted and fired from their jobs. We will continue the fight for justice.” Attorney David Malik said, “This is one of the highest police settlements ever paid by Cleveland. The family will stay active to protect the mentally ill who have contact with the police.” Co-counsel Al Gerhardstein added, “The City announced in 1998 that it would train officers to avoid positional asphyxiation. That never happened. Let’s hope that the City finally acts to prevent these deaths in the future.” The settlement is subject to approval by the Probate Court. The family will provide the plaque to the City if it will install it and the family’s expert has already drafted “Tanisha’s Order” and that has been delivered to the City.
On November 12, 2014 Tanisha Anderson was experiencing a period of mental instability when the Defendant police officers responded to her home. Tanisha was not armed, not dangerous, and was not accused of committing any crime. She simply needed mental health treatment. After initially using verbal control techniques, the officers escalated to physical force, ultimately holding her on the ground, prone, cuffed behind her back, causing her respiratory problems, suffering and ultimately causing her death due to positional asphyxia. The officers delayed any call for EMS for 14 minutes. Her death has been ruled a homicide. No criminal prosecution has been initiated or discipline imposed for these past 26 months. The criminal case is now in the hands of a special prosecutor in the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
CONTACT: Anderson Family Attorneys: / David Malik 216.401.7668 / Al Gerhardstein 513.659.4765