Tanisha Anderson’s autopsy revealed that the officer who killed her had first physically restrained her, face down in a prone position, just as eyewitnesses from Anderson’s family have maintained from the start. But what we now know is that Anderson was also reciting the “Lord’s Prayer” out loud, just seconds before she was killed by Cleveland police.
Michael Anderson, Tanisha’s uncle, said his niece was praying the “Lord’s Prayer”, in the moments “when she expired.”
The November 13th police homicide was made official by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office announcement. The police report on the incident admits that Anderson was “not violent.”
The official cause of death was determined by coroners to be “sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position.”
Office spokesman Chris Harris insultingly noted that Anderson had “heart disease,” as though this has anything to do with her death, caused by police slamming the 37-year-old African American woman’s head on the concrete, just outside of her family’s home.
Her brother explained that Tanisha Anderson was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic after the assault by the Ohio cops. The pronouncement came early Thursday about two hours after the police “take down” caused Anderson to bash her head on the concrete outside of her home.
“They killed my sister,” Joell Anderson, Tanisha’s 40-year-old brother said as he fought back tears. “I watched it.”
Officers came to the house after a call from a family member who thought the police could calm the bi-polar Tanisha down, during an argument.
Police came, responding to the situation as a “disturbing the peace” call. It seemed that everyone agreed Tanisha should undergo an evaluation at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, police sources told us.
But what happened next is described very differently by police and family members.
“As the officers escorted Anderson to the police vehicle, she began actively resisting the officers,” police spokesman Sgt. Ali Pillow claimed to the local Cleveland publication, The Plain Dealer.
Tanisha changed her mind about the evaluation after police slapped cuffs on her. She believed she was within her rights to decide whether she went for a voluntary evaluation. But police, at this point, argued that it was up to them.
“The woman began to kick at officers,” Pillow said. “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.”
But Tanisha’s brother Joell gives a very different account than what the police claim.
“She was more of a danger to herself than others,” he explained.
Two male officers escorted Tanesha Anderson, who was prescribed medication for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, to the police cruiser. She sat herself in the backseat but became nervous about the confined space and tried to get out, Anderson said.
As Tanisha called out for her brother and mother, an officer used a “Judo” take down move after having pressed her head down repeatedly in the backseat in what seemed to be a “smothering” manner, Joell Anderson said.
Joell says that after she hit her head on the concrete, and the officer placed his knee on her back, she never opened her eyes or spoke another word.
To add insult to injury, Joell says that his sister’s sundress was lifted above her waist, where it remained as officers refused to administer any aid to the unconscious woman. Joell says that he was forced to go over and use his own jacket to cover her naked lower body, because police would not, even when he asked them to.
“She was outgoing, silly, always joking,” Joell said of his sister. “She just wasn’t doing very well that day.”
The Cleveland Police Department tells us that their Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is “investigating” the case. No officers involved have been fired, reprimanded, nor placed on leave.
The Cleveland Police Department’s Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team says they are still investigating the homicide. No arrests have been made of the officers involved.
This comes on the heels of the 58-page Justice Department report that revealed the Cleveland Police Department is woefully untrained and does not have formal instruction in how to handle encounters with citizens who have mental illnesses.
Donations to help out Tanisha’s family, including her teenage daughter, can be made at any KeyBank location. Simply tell them that you want to donate to the Tanisha Nicole Anderson Memorial Fund.
Check out the video below where the citizens of Cleveland demanded justice for Tanisha, including an impromptu interview with Tanisha’s sister! If you are in the area, contact Greater Cleveland Cop Block to get involved in protests for her, Tamir Rice and other innocent victims of police murder.
(Article by M. David. and Jackson Marciana; special thanks to The Plain Dealer for some quotes and for original image, edited by Counter Current News media staff)