A teacher tased by the LAPD died of an enlarged heart and cocaine use, coroner says

Keenan Anderson, a teacher tased by the LAPD in January, died from the effects of an enlarged heart and cocaine use, according to the LA County medical examiner-coroner.

The incident: Anderson, who was involved in a traffic collision, was chased, held down, and tased by multiple officers for over 90 seconds before dying hours later.
* The 31-year-old high school teacher and father was also a cousin of Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
* Anderson was a suspect in a hit-and-run crash and exhibited erratic behavior before officers restrained him.

Legal action: Lawyers for Anderson’s 5-year-old son filed a $50 million claim against the city of Los Angeles, which has been denied.
* Carl Douglas, an attorney for Anderson’s family, said the coroner’s findings will not change their plans to sue the city for wrongful death and civil rights violations.

Reactions: Questions remain about Anderson’s exact manner of death, with his cousin Cullors criticizing the coroner’s report for focusing on substances and an enlarged heart rather than the use of the taser.
* Mayor Karen Bass expressed commitment to expanding public safety systems and ensuring proper training for LAPD officers assisting people in crisis.

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