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 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.