- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio Attorney General’s office will serve as special prosecutor to examine circumstances surrounding the death of a woman who collapsed after struggling with Cleveland police officers during a mental health crisis.

A judge approved the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Prosecutor’s Office request on Wednesday. County prosecutors cited a conflict of interest that involved protected statements made by officers that couldn’t be used in a criminal prosecution.

Thirty-seven-year-old Tanisha Anderson died in November 2014 after officers were called to her Cleveland home. She initially agreed to accompany officers to a hospital but began struggling after getting into a police cruiser.

The medical examiner said that Anderson stopped breathing after being placed on the ground on her stomach and that heart problems and mental illness contributed to her death.



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