California Navy vet died after police knelt on neck amid psychological well being disaster, household says

The household of a Navy veteran who referred to as police whereas he was battling a psychological well being disaster is alleging that officers used extreme power that led to his demise and is suing the town of Antioch, California, for damages.

The sister of Angelo Quinto, 30, referred to as police on Dec. 23 after noticing her brother had been exhibiting indicators of psychological misery, in line with a grievance filed in opposition to the town final week his mom, Maria Quinto-Collins. Quinto had been exhibiting indicators of hysteria, despair and paranoia within the months previous to his demise, his household mentioned.

“I trusted the police as a result of I believed they knew what they have been doing however he was really passive and visibly not harmful or a menace,” Quinto-Collins, who additionally goes her center title Cassandra, instructed reporters final week. “It was completely pointless what they did to him.”

Angelo Quinto.Courtesy John Burris

When police arrived, Quinto was being held on the ground his mom and was starting to relax, the lawsuit mentioned. Two officers, who weren’t recognized, took Quinto from his mom’s arms as he allegedly mentioned “please don’t kill me,” in line with the go well with.

The lawsuit claims the 2 officers then put Quinto down on his abdomen, together with his legs crossed behind him, and one officer allegedly positioned his knee on Quinto’s neck.

“At this level, Mr. Quinto began bleeding from his mouth,” the lawsuit mentioned. “At no time whereas being restrained did Mr.Quinto resist bodily or verbally. After being restrained for nearly 5 minutes, Mr. Quinto turned lifeless.”

Video recorded Quinto-Collins — posted on-line the household’s lawyer and introduced at a press convention final week the lawyer — seems to point out the incident.

The video has not been verified NBC Information and it’s not identified what occurred earlier than or after what’s proven within the video, nor whether or not or the way it could have been edited.

The video seems to point out officers rolling Quinto onto his facet sooner or later through the encounter. What appears to be blood is seen on the ground in addition to on Quinto’s face.

Officers and paramedics seem within the video to raise Quinto out of the room onto a gurney the place paramedics carried out chest compressions. Quinto didn’t appear to be aware or responsive within the video.

He was later taken to a hospital the place he “ no means regained consciousness” and died three days later, the lawsuit says.

Quinto’s household is now alleging that the Navy veteran “died as a direct consequence of the unreasonable power used in opposition to him” and that officers ignored his cries of misery.

It’s unclear if Quinto was ever formally identified with a psychological sickness, based mostly on the lawsuit submitting. John Burris, the lawyer for Quinto’s household, didn’t reply questions relating to Quinto’s reason for demise or psychological well being prognosis in e-mail exchanges with NBC Information on Wednesday.

“This definitely falls inside one of many extra egregious a case you’ll be able to have, not as a result of the bodily conduct was brutal, like we’ve got in instances the place individuals have been shot unnecessarily or overwhelmed to demise,” Burris mentioned at a press convention final week. “This can be a scenario the place it was extra delicate than that.”

Burris on the press convention in contrast Quinto’s demise with that of George Floyd, a Black man who died in Minneapolis final 12 months after officers restrained him putting a knee to his neck.

Neither the town lawyer for Antioch nor the Antioch Chief of Police Tammany Brooks responded to a request for remark. Lt. John Fortner of the Antioch Police Division instructed Mercury Information final week {that a} reason for demise had but to be decided.

Officers referred to as an ambulance to put Quinto in a psychological well being maintain when he started experiencing a medical emergency, in line with Fortner. “That they had the ambulance step up their response,” Fortner instructed Mercury Information. “(The ambulance) transported him to hospital, they stabilized him for 3 days and he sadly handed away.”

Quinto, born within the Philippines, moved to the U.S. when he was a ba, in line with his obituary. He attended Berkeley Metropolis School and dreamed of becoming a member of the U.S. Navy, the place he was honorably discharged for medical causes, the obituary mentioned.

“His creativity, humor, and drive shall be missed drastically his household and pals,” the obituary mentioned. “He leaves behind his mom, Cassandra, his stepfather, Robert, his two youthful siblings, Andrei and Isabella, and his shut cousin, Miguel.”

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