Angelo Quinto Wiki
His family said on Tuesday that a Navy veteran died of an attack of paranoia after a Northern California police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes.
Angelo Quinto’s family called the police on December 23, as the 30-year-old had a mental health crisis and needed help. His family said that a responding officer knelt on Quinto’s neck for about five minutes while holding another officer’s legs. Quinto lost consciousness and was hospitalized by ambulance and died three days later.
“He said, ‘Please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me,’ as they put him on the ground. They handcuffed him and a police officer put his knee behind his neck in the room,” said Quinto’s mother, Cassandra Quinto-Collins. Quinto-Collins said he had hugged his son and was calm when police officers arrived at their home in Antioch, 72 kilometers east of San Francisco.
“I trusted the police because I thought they knew what they were doing but it was actually passive and not seemingly dangerous or threatening, so what they did to him was absolutely unnecessary,” he said.
A video recorded by Quinto-Collins shows his son with an indifferent, bloody face and hands cuffed behind his back. He said that he started recording after seeing his son’s eyes wrapped around his head.
The family filed a lawsuit against the Antakya Police Department last week and gave the department 45 days to respond. Quintos’ lawyer, John Burris, said that after that time the family would file a federal lawsuit.
I call it the George Floyd technique, it ruined his life, and it can’t be a legal technique, ”Burris said, his sister who saw what happened to him.
Floyd, a black man, died in Minneapolis on May 25 after a police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck while he was handcuffed and said he could not breathe.
Burris said there were other problems, including how the cops were not trying to reduce their reaction and how they talked to Quinto first and how they didn’t turn on body cameras and camera on patrol cars.
Burris said that a cause of death has not been disclosed by the authorities and an independent autopsy is expected.
The Antakya Police Department did not respond to The Associated Press’s request for comment on Tuesday.
The department did not publicly report Quinto’s death until January 25, until it answered questions from the East Bay Times.
After the legal case opened on Thursday, Antioch Police Lieutenant Tarra Mendes told the newspaper, “The investigation is ongoing. We want it to be completed. We will be able to give more information to the public as soon as it is completed.”
Born in the Philippines, Quinto said he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 due to a food allergy. She suffered depression for most of her life, but her behavior changed after an obvious assault, when she awoke with stitches and serious injuries, without remembering what happened in a hospital in early 2020. After that, she said she started having bouts of paranoia and anxiety.
18-year-old Collins said he regretted calling the police, worried that he and his mother had hugged him and his mother tightly before the police arrived.
“I asked the detectives if there was another number I should call, and they told me it wasn’t and I was doing the right thing. But right now I can tell you the right thing won’t kill my brother.” said.