- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The county sheriff’s office will conduct an independent investigation into the death of a handcuffed, mentally ill woman while in Cleveland police custody last year.

Prosecutors on Tuesday asked the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Sheriff’s Department to launch its own investigation into the Nov. 13 death of Tanisha Anderson, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group (https://bit.ly/1KaOniD ).

Anderson’s family has sued Cleveland police, contending that officers failed to consider the 37-year-old woman’s underlying mental and physical health problems when they subdued her after she panicked and tried to escape from the back seat of a patrol car.

The city denies excessive force was used.

Officers were going to take her to a hospital for a mental health evaluation at the family’s request.

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