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Navy Veteran Killed in Police Custody


Feb 25, 2021

Angelo Quinto, a Navy veteran who was having an episode of paranoia, died after a Northern California police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. Quinto’s family called police in December because the 30-year-old was suffering a mental health crisis and needed help.

According to his family, one of the officers that responded to the call knelt on Quinto’s neck for almost five minutes while another officer restrained his legs. Quinto went unconscious and was taken to the hospital via ambulance. He died three days later.

“He said ‘Please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me,’ as they were putting him on the ground. They handcuffed him and one officer put his knee on the back of his neck the whole time I was in the room,” said Quinto’s mother, Cassandra Quinto-Collins.

Quinto-Collins said that when officers arrived at their home, her son was calm.

“I trusted the police because I thought they knew what they were doing but he was actually passive and visibly not dangerous or a threat so, it was absolutely unnecessary what they did to him,” she said.Quinto-Collins recorded a video of the altercation, which shows her son with blood on his face and his hands cuffed behind his back.According to John Burris, the family’s attorney, they filed a legal claim against the Antioch Police Department last week, which gives the department 45 days to respond. If they do not respond in that time, they will file a federal lawsuit.

“I refer to it as the George Floyd technique, that’s what snuffed the life out of him and that cannot be a lawful technique,” Burris said. “We see not only violations of his civil rights but also violations against the rights of his mother and sister’s, who saw what happened to him.”

Authorities have not yet released a cause of death and an independent autopsy is pending.

Quinto, who was born in the Philippines, was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 because of a food allergy, according to his sister, Bella Collins.

Bella says she regrets calling the police for worrying that her brother was going to hurt their mother.

“I asked the detectives if there another number I should have called, and they told me that there wasn’t and that I did the right thing. But right now I can tell you that the right thing would not have killed my brother,” she said.

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16 thoughts on “Navy Veteran Killed in Police Custody”
  1. WTH I think I’ll stick my knee on this guys neck , until he stops moving. Who in the hell trains these law enforcement officials, that come and do this crap. The guy wasn’t even resisting, but we’ll assault him anyway. U wonder why they hate, and can’t trust the law, There u go. I’m fed up with hearing this crap, and what might come next?

  2. If he was handcuffed and on the ground, why kneel on him at all? The cop/s responsible should be prosecuted!!
    I am a retired cop and this type of restraint should never be used. Of course, California cops…Keystone more like it!!

    1. Unfortunately this doesn’t fit the media’s / government narrative. So pitiful to happen to any person but especially to a fellow Veteran. RIP my brother
      Prosecute the cop(s) unfortunately.

    1. I don’t know what your reply was meant to mean. I do know you don’t have a brain. I don’t know
      your color and don’t care. I don’t need an explanation, just go away.

  3. Thus kind of stuff happens all over to every race. But the cops are beyond any kind of punishment for the crimes they commit. Its a sad world we live in for it to be America. There is no equal justice for equal crimes committed by law enforcement officers that should not even be in that position. Its time something changes to protect the citizens from these corrupt offices.

  4. A life is a life doesn’t matter the color. This was wrong! Where is the media to cover this? Goes to show you how corrupt the media is!!

  5. Why are the cops allowed to get away with cold blood murder? What ever happened to protect and serve, the person responsible should do jail time!! This gentleman served his country at one time he sure didn’t deserve to go out this way my sympathy goes out to his family

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