Ex-judge to review Cleveland woman’s death in police custody

CLEVELAND (AP) — A retired judge has been chosen to review evidence in the death of a woman who collapsed after struggling with Cleveland police officers during a mental health crisis.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office asked for someone to review statements made by police during an internal investigation of the death. Retired Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County judge Thomas Pokorny will fill the role.

Tanisha Anderson died in November 2014 after officers were called to her home. She agreed to accompany officers to a hospital, then began struggling after getting into a cruiser.

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

Her family has sued the police department. The city denied that excessive force was used.

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