Tanisha Anderson was a 37-year-old woman with psychiatric disabilities who lived in Cleveland, Ohio. On November 13, 2014, Tanisha’s family called 911 when she was having a psychiatric emergency. The police arrived instead of an ambulance. The police slammed her to the ground, handcuffed, and put her in a position where she could not breathe. An ambulance was not called until 45 minutes later. Tanisha died at the hospital. Her family has filed suit against the police department. A grand jury failed to indict the police officers. Internally, the Cleveland police department suspended one officer, Scott Aldridge, for ten days without pay and give another police officer, Bryan Myers, a written warning.
Evelyn Towry (Bonner, ID: 2008) was an 8-year-old girl with autism. Towry was attending a Christmas party at her elementary school. Towry wore a cow…