Tanisha Anderson, a mentally disturbed woman who died while in Cleveland police custody nearly two months ago, has been ruled a homicide by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office on Friday.

Anderson, 37, died as a result of being placed in a prone position, a coroner said. Her heart condition and bipolar disorder were also factors.


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Anderson died on 12 November at a hospital after being handcuffed, taken into police custody and then losing consciousness while having a mental-health episode. Relatives said the 37-year-old was schizophrenic, and they claimed an officer used excessive force. h/t theguardian

In a statement, Cleveland police said its own use of force investigation team was looking into the death. The two officers involved are on restricted duty, the department said.