10-day suspension for one officer who took Tanisha Anderson into custody, written warning for other

CLEVELAND - The City of Cleveland announced disciplinary actions for two police officers in connection with the roles they played in the death of a 37-year-old mentally ill woman. Safety director Michael McGrath said that after conducting disciplinary hearings for officers Bryan Myers and Scott Aldridge, he sustained the charges that were recommended by Cleveland police in regards to the death of Tanisha Anderson.

McGrath gave Aldridge a 10-day suspension and issued Myers a written warning.

"It's just a sad incident. It really is. It was a very difficult process all the way through," McGrath said.

A Cuyahoga County jury found Myers and Aldridge were not responsible for the death of Anderson, who died on an icy sidewalk outside her family's home in November 2014 while in police custody.

Her family called for an ambulance after Anderson, who was both bipolar and schizophrenic, called 911 seeking help.

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Family members told the grand jury that instead of providing help, the officers handcuffed Anderson, attempted to place her in the back of the cruiser and then eventually pinned her to a sidewalk.

The grand jury included a revised medical examiner finding that ruled a previous heart condition along with medication she was taking at the time was more likely the cause of death. 

A previous medical examiner report had stated that she died as a “result of sudden death caused by physical restraint while in a prone position."

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