Medical examiner can’t testify in Cleveland woman’s death

CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge in Ohio says a medical examiner’s report shouldn’t be considered in the investigation of the death of a woman who collapsed after struggling with Cleveland police officers during a mental health crisis.

The decision announced Friday comes after a retired judge reviewed evidence in the case.

Tanisha Anderson died in November 2014 after officers were called to her home. She agreed to go to a hospital before struggling after getting into a cruiser.

The medical examiner won’t be allowed to testify after earlier ruling Anderson died from being placed in a prone position.

The office’s report says she stopped breathing after being placed on the ground on her stomach, and that heart problems and mental illness contributed to her death.

The city has denied excessive force was used.