Black Reporter Recalls Being Arrested For Trespassing Near His Own Property

After failed attempts to understand the officer’s concern, Haynes learned he was being for trespassing. Haynes joined HuffPost Live Monday and explained the troubling situation, in which he was eventually acquitted.

 

Over a year after Tanisha Anderson lost her life in an incident with Cleveland police officers, her family is still waiting for answers. The 37-year-old died after her mother called 911 while Anderson was having a “mental health episode,” as described in the family’s subsequent lawsuit against city police. Officials say that when officers tried to take Anderson to a treatment facility, she struggled and then went limp. Her family says police slammed her to the ground and put a knee in her back. A medical examiner ruled Anderson’s death a homicide, the result of being “physically restrained in a prone position by Cleveland police.” Her heart condition and bipolar disorder were also considered factors.The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department began investigating the incident in July at the request of the prosecutor’s office. In a wrongful death lawsuit, Anderson’s family alleges that CPD Officers Scott Aldridge and Bryan Myers did not provide medical attention to Anderson as she lay on the ground unconscious.Aldridge had previously been suspended for violating the department’s use-of-force policies, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group, and was disciplined in 2012 for his role in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell (see slide in this collection). Aldridge and Myers deny that they caused Anderson’s death and have asked for the case to be dismissed.The month after Anderson was killed, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that Cleveland police have a pattern of using excessive force, including against people who are mentally ill, and that they don’t use appropriate techniques to account for mental illness.Mauvion Green, Anderson’s daughter, told Northeast Ohio Media Group last year that she wants to work for conscientious treatment of people with mental illnesses. “I’m fighting for my mother, but I’m fighting for everyone else, too,” Green said.

 

,” as described in the family’s subsequent lawsuit against city police. Officials say that when officers tried to take Anderson to a treatment facility, she struggled and then went limp. Her family says police slammed her to the ground and put a knee in her back. A medical examiner ruled Anderson’s death a homicide, the result of being ”

 

for violating the department’s use-of-force policies, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group, and was disciplined in 2012 for his role in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell (see slide 6 in this collection). Aldridge and Myers deny that they caused Anderson’s death and have

 

Chis Haynes, a Cleveland Cavaliers beat reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was talking on the phone outside of his Portland, Oregon, house in 2013 when he was unexpectedly stopped by the police.

 

 

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