Xavier Moore (Full Name: Xavier Rashawn Moore) Died After Being Arrested By Santa Ana Police Officers Near McDonald’s Off Edinger Avenue and Pacific Street.
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA (December 2, 2023) – A 31-year-old man identified as Xavier Moore has tragically died in Santa Ana police custody after being arrested near West Stanford Street.
Orange County police officials are saying that the incident took place on October 4. Santa Ana police officers were informed about a possible assault of a woman at a McDonald’s.
Just a few minutes later, police got reports about the suspect being attacked by two men. Police later placed Xavier Moore under arrest and put him in handcuffs.
Officers at the scene realized that he needed medical attention. Then officers noticed that he spit a bag of drugs out of his mouth. According to officers, the bag may have contained meth or heroin. He was given medical aid, but those efforts were not successful.
Sadly, Xavier Moore was later pronounced dead. The Orange County Coroner’s Office is working to determine a cause of death. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Santa Ana In-Custody Deaths
Far too many people die in police custody each year. According to The Journalist’s Resource, “nearly everyone killed by on-duty officers in those states that year were male and between the ages of 20 and 54 years old. It finds that black people were most likely to die in police custody.” There are a number of common reasons that people may die in police custody.
- Physical Force or Restraints: The use of improper restraint techniques during an arrest can lead to positional asphyxia.
- Medical Conditions: Pre-existing medical conditions such as heart problems or health disorders can contribute to an in-custody death.
- Drug Intoxication: A large number of people who die in police custody were suffering from a drug or alcohol overdose.
- Inadequate Medical Care: People who are being arrested may suffer an acute health need and require hospitalization. Despite this, many suspects are denied proper medical care which could contribute to their death.
Every suspect has a constitutional right to be free from the use of excessive force which is exercised under the color of law. 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. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any in-custody death.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be reviewed.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The results of any autopsy should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
Officers should always use the least amount of force necessary for any given situation. They should also get suspects medical attention as quickly as possible when it is needed. This is particularly true when there are signs a suspect has been attacked. The family of any person that died in police custody may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Santa Ana In-Custody Deaths
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Xavier Moore. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family.
Have you or someone that you care about been harmed in Santa Ana police custody? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that police departments are held accountable for their illegal actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.