Police officer’s suspension reduced in woman’s death
CLEVELAND (AP) — An arbitrator has cut the suspension for a Cleveland police officer disciplined in the death of a mentally ill woman who stopped breathing while she was handcuffed and struggling with police.
The arbitrator ordered Cleveland officer Scott Aldridge’s 10-day suspension to be reduced to three days.
Aldridge was suspended last year, but he was cleared of any criminal liability in 37-year-old Tanisha (tuh-NEESH’-uh) Anderson’s 2014 death.
The city settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Anderson’s family for $2.25 million.
A medical examiner found Anderson stopped breathing after being placed on her stomach and that heart problems and mental illness contributed to her death.
Cleveland.com reports the arbitrator reduced the suspension after finding the city at the time had no written policy instructing officers when to call for an ambulance.
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