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Family of 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson alleges cover up in grand jury probe

Family disputes cause of death, lawsuit considered
Posted: 6:39 PM, Feb 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-06 23:39:30Z

The family of 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson is disputing a ruling that cleared Cleveland police in her death and alleges the grand jury aided in a cover-up.

Anderson died in November 2014 on an icy sidewalk outside her home after her family called for mental health assistance.

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An initial medical examiner report just months later found the cause of death was due "to being restrained in a prone position" by police officers.

Last Friday, a Cuyahoga County grand jury cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing as well as offering a new, second autopsy report that instead found it more likely Anderson died as a result of a previous heart condition or medication.

The family insists Anderson had no history of heart problems and was not on medication.

"This is a cover-up to keep the police out of jail," said Cassandra Johnson, Tanisha's mother.

Her uncle says the family is now considering new legal action against both the Cleveland Police Department and the City of Cleveland.

"If this was Frank Jackson's daughter or a judge's daughter or son — something would have been done a long time ago," said Michael Anderson.

Tanisha's sister says "it was a low blow to the family" and says "we know they were guilty".