- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The city of Cleveland denies that two of its police officers did anything wrong before a handcuffed, mentally ill woman died in police custody last year.

The city filed its answer Thursday to a civil-rights lawsuit brought by the family of 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson, who died after being taken in custody last November.

The lawsuit says the officers failed to consider 37-year-old Tanisha Anderson’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 that excessive force was used. The family alleges that one of the officers slammed her to the ground face first, put a knee in her back and handcuffed her.

Her family says she had schizophrenia and bipolar disease.

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