The family of a 37-year-old mentally ill woman who died last year in police custody has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against the Cleveland Police Department.
The mother and brother of the deceased called the police on Nov. 12 for mental health assistance, because the woman's bipolar schizophrenia medication did not appear to be working, as she was acting in a confused manner and attempting to leave the house improperly dressed.
The two police officers who responded to the call allegedly forced the woman to the ground, put pressure on her back and handcuffed her. The victim became unconscious and stopped breathing soon after being restrained, and the family reports that the officers delayed calling for emergency medical services and did not themselves attempt to offer medical assistance such as CPR or chest compressions.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the woman's death a homicide, saying she died "as a result of being physically restrained in a prone position by Cleveland police," which apparently exacerbated her existing conditions of mental illness and heart disease.
The lawsuit comes at a time when the Cleveland Police finds itself fighting multiple allegations of excessive force.
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