- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - Relatives of a woman who died in Cleveland police custody last month want more answers about what happened.

At a news conference Monday, Tanisha Anderson’s family also said Cleveland officers need better training on dealing with mentally ill people.

The 37-year-old Anderson died Nov. 12 after losing consciousness in the custody of officers while having a mental-health episode. Her relatives say Anderson was schizophrenic and claim an officer used excessive force.

Their attorney, David Malik, said the family deserves to have all the information so they can have closure.

A Cleveland police spokeswoman, Detective Jennifer Ciaccia (chawch), says more information hasn’t come out because the autopsy is incomplete. It’s being delayed by an extensive toxicology screening.

She declined to comment on the family’s contention that excessive force was used.



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