$2.25M Settlement for Family of Cleveland Woman Asphyxiated During Police Restraint

In 2014, Tanisha Anderson, a 37-year-old Cleveland woman afflicted with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, was suffering an episode when her family called the police. When Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers arrived, a struggle ensued and Anderson was placed in the back of a police car. Her hands were cuffed behind her back and one of the officers pushed his knee into her back. Anderson asphyxiated, and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office ruled her death a homicide.

In February 2017, Anderson's family settled with the city of Cleveland for $2.25 million. The settlement is reportedly one of the largest Cleveland has ever paid in connection with police misconduct. According to NPAP member attorney Al Gerhardstein, who represented Anderson's family in the case, the city announced in 1998 that it would train officers in measures to prevent asphyxiation, but such a training never took place.

Officers Aldridge and Myers remain under criminal investigation for Anderson's killing.