Joseph Gloria, of Moreno Valley, Died After Being Tasered and Handcuffed By Riverside County Sheriff’s Officers

handcuffs-354042_640MORENO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA (July 3, 2024) – A Moreno Valley man has tragically died after being tasered and arrested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 3:58 a.m. on Wednesday. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance call.

Family members were concerned because Joseph Gloria was making threats while under the influence of methamphetamine. Authorities said that they spoke to the suspect in the hopes that he would surrender peacefully.

At some point, he allegedly approached officers before they were able to subdue him with the use of tasers. He was placed in handcuffs and taken into custody.

Unfortunately, Joseph Gloria became unresponsive several minutes later. Medical efforts were taken in order to save him. But he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Moreno Valley In-Custody Deaths

Many police departments have claimed that tasers are ‘non-lethal, but the truth of the matter is that many people have died after being tasered by police. According to ABC 11, “There have been around 500 fatal taser encounters with police between 2010 and 2021 across the country, according to Fatal Encounters.” There are a number of situations where police use of tasers can have deadly consequences.

  • Pre-Existing Medical Conditions: Suspects with heart conditions or other underlying health issues are more likely to have severe reactions to tasers.
  • Repeated or Prolonged Use: Suspects who are repeatably tasered or tasered for long periods of time are more likely to be severely injured or killed.
  • Drug Intoxication: Suspects who are under the influence of drugs, especially methamphetamine, are at increased risk of fatal outcomes from tasers.

A police department could be held liable if a suspect dies in their care. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Police departments should take a number of steps in order to prevent deaths involving tasers.

  • Training: Police officers should undergo thorough training on how to properly use less-lethal weapons.
  • Use of Force Continuum: Officers should start every encounter by using the least amount of force necessary and scale up from there.
  • Alternatives: Officers should use de-escalation techniques whenever possible and call for backup.
  • Monitoring: Officers should continuously monitor suspects for adverse reactions after using less-lethal force.

A large portion of deadly police encounters involve suspects who are either mentally ill or under the influence of illicit substances. It is crucial that police officers follow their training in these high-risk encounters. Sadly, though, many fatal police encounters involve suspects who are subjected to excessive force. The family of any person who died in police custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Riverside County In-Custody Deaths

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joseph Gloria. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what went wrong.

Do you need more information about a Riverside County in-custody death? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that police officers are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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