Antioch, CA, Police Murder Man in Mental Crisis by Kneeling on His Neck for 5 Minutes, Family Says


From CNN: “Angelo Quinto had been ‘suffering from anxiety, depression, and paranoia for the previous few months,’ his family’s attorneys said in a wrongful death claim, filed on February 18.

. . . Before police arrived, Quinto’s mother had been holding him to her chest with her hands clasped around his back for a few minutes, and ‘he had already started to calm down,’ the claim stated. When two officers from the Antioch Police Department arrived, [family lawyer John L.] Burris said they made no attempt to understand the situation and instead, immediately grabbed Quinto from his mother’s arms.

Quinto lost consciousness and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead three days later, family attorneys say in the claim.

. . . In the nearly two months since Quinto’s death, police have not issued a press release on the incident. The Antioch Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

‘These Antioch police officers had already handcuffed Angelo but did not stop their assault on the young man and inexplicably began using the “George Floyd” technique of placing a knee on the back and side of his neck, ignoring Mr. Quinto pleas of “please don’t kill me,”‘ Burris said.”

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