How Did This Unarmed Schizophrenic Woman End Up Dead At The Hands Of Police?

by NICOLE FLATOW – Tanesha Anderson was schizophrenic, bipolar, and “wasn’t doing very well that day,” as her brother described it, when she was killed earlier this month during an altercation with police who were called to her Cleveland home for help. It’s a familiar profile for those who die at police hands. In Anderson’s case, it’s not clear yet quite how she died. Police say she became limp as they forcibly transported her to their vehicle, with plans to bring her to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. Her brother and daughter say police violently slammed the 37-year-old mother to the ground using a take-down move. What we do know is that the mentally ill are dramatically more likely to be the victims of excessive police force, and to be the victims of death by cop. A study by the Portland Press Herald in Maine found that nearly half of people...

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