A 30-year-old California man died days after police kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly five minutes to subdue him, lawyers for his family said.
Angelo Quinto was “suffering from anxiety, depression, and paranoia for the previous few months,” his family’s attorneys said in a wrongful death claim.
His sister Isabella Collins called police to their Antioch, California, home on December 23 because she feared he would hurt their mother, family lawyer John L. Burris said during a February 18 press conference.
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, 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.
Maria Quinto-Collins, Quinto’s mother, used her cell phone to record part of the incident.
Officers rolled over him to carry his body out, and his face was covered in blood. He was moved to a wheeled stretcher for paramedics to administer chest compressions on Quinto.He was seen not moving and laying on his front.
In the nearly two months since Quinto’s death, police have not issued a press release on the incident.
It is unknown if officers wore body cameras on that fateful day..
“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.