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Navy veteran, 30, dies after police knelt on his neck for five minutes

A 30-year-old Navy veteran died after police in California knelt on his neck for five minutes when they were called out to help him during a mental health episode, his family claim. 

Angelo Quinto died in hospital three days after the December 23 encounter with Antioch Police Department officers inside his home.

His mother Cassandra Quinto-Collins, who witnessed the chaotic ordeal and filmed part of the aftermath on her phone, said her son was begging officers not to kill him as they restrained him.  

His family have now filed a legal claim against the police department, which is the first step towards being able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

They claim Antioch Police have not been transparent regarding the incident and have not publicly addressed Quinto’s death. 

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Angelo Quinto died in hospital three days after the December 23 encounter with Antioch Police Department officers inside his home. His mother Cassandra Quinto-Collins, who  filmed part of the aftermath on her phone, says her son lost consciousness after an officer knelt on his neck for five minutes

Angelo Quinto died in hospital three days after the December 23 encounter with Antioch Police Department officers inside his home. His mother Cassandra Quinto-Collins, who  filmed part of the aftermath on her phone, says her son lost consciousness after an officer knelt on his neck for five minutes

His death draws parallels to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last year, his family say.  

They say Quinto had slipped into a paranoia episode on December 23, which had become more frequent since he suffered a head injury during an assault last year.

Quinto, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 due to a food allergy, had long suffered from depression but it was never diagnosed, his family say. 

His sister called 911 after he began acting erratically and started hugging her and their mother tightly around their heads and shoulders. 

Quinto’s mother had managed to calm him down and was embracing him in a bear hug on the floor by the time officers arrived.

The family say the officers then flipped Quinto onto his stomach and pinned him to the floor as they handcuffed him.  

His mother and sister say one officer held his legs down, while another had a knee on his neck. 

Quinto, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 due to a food allergy, had long suffered from depression but it was never diagnosed, his family say

Quinto, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 due to a food allergy, had long suffered from depression but it was never diagnosed, his family say

Quinto, who was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 due to a food allergy, had long suffered from depression but it was never diagnosed, his family say

His mother Cassandra Quinto-Collins (pictured above), who witnessed the chaotic ordeal and filmed part of the aftermath on her phone, said her son was begging officers not to kill him as they restrained him

His mother Cassandra Quinto-Collins (pictured above), who witnessed the chaotic ordeal and filmed part of the aftermath on her phone, said her son was begging officers not to kill him as they restrained him

His mother Cassandra Quinto-Collins (pictured above), who witnessed the chaotic ordeal and filmed part of the aftermath on her phone, said her son was begging officers not to kill him as they restrained him

She said her son was pleading with officers.

‘He said, ‘Please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me,’ ‘ she told KTVU. 

His mother started filming on her phone after realizing her son had gone limp and was unconscious. 

At that point, Quinto’s face and mouth were smeared with his own blood. 

The video does not show the officer kneeling on his neck.  

After Quinto stopped breathing, his mother can be heard asking the officers: ‘What happened?’ and ‘Can you take him, please?’

‘Does he have a pulse?’ she asked at one point as they placed him onto a stretcher.

Quinto’s mother and sister were questioned by police at the station after he was taken to hospital. 

His family have now filed a legal claim against the police department, which is the first step towards being able to file a wrongful death lawsuit

His family have now filed a legal claim against the police department, which is the first step towards being able to file a wrongful death lawsuit

His family have now filed a legal claim against the police department, which is the first step towards being able to file a wrongful death lawsuit

His family have now filed a legal claim against the police department, which is the first step towards being able to file a wrongful death lawsuit

His family have now filed a legal claim against the police department, which is the first step towards being able to file a wrongful death lawsuit

He was pronounced dead three days later. 

There is no official cause of death yet because an autopsy is still pending.

Authorities, who have issued few public statements, say they are still investigating. 

‘Once some additional portions of the investigation are completed, APD will be getting together with all the involved agencies to provide more information to the public,’ Lt. John Fortner said in a statement. 

Quinto’s family are now being represented by civil right’s attorney John Burris. 

At a press conference announcing the legal claim against the city and police department, Burris said: ‘They put… the knee on the back of his neck and pressed down for about five minutes and snuffed his life out.

‘This was a healthy person before, no physical problems… and within moments, his life is gone.’ 

He said police have so far refused to release any information to the family or attorneys.        


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