Angelo Quinto had been “affected by nervousness, melancholy, and paranoia for the last few months,” his household’s attorneys stated in a wrongful demise declare, filed on February 18.
His sister Isabella Collins referred to as police to their Antioch, California, dwelling on December 23 as a result of she feared he would damage their mom, household lawyer John L. Burris stated throughout a February 18 press convention.
Earlier than police arrived, Quinto’s mom had been holding him to her chest along with her arms clasped round his again for a couple of minutes, and “he had already began to settle down,” the declare acknowledged. When two officers from the Antioch Police Division arrived, Burris stated they made no try to know the state of affairs and as a substitute, instantly grabbed Quinto from his mom’s arms.
Quinto misplaced consciousness and was taken to a neighborhood hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless three days later, household attorneys say within the declare.
Maria Quinto-Collins, Quinto’s mom, used her mobile phone to report a part of the incident.
“What occurred?,” she says breathlessly as Quinto is seen not transferring and laying on his entrance. Officers roll him over to hold his physique out, and his face is bloody. He’s moved to a gurney and paramedics administer chest compressions on Quinto as his mom information on her telephone, asking questions.
It was not clear from the video if the officers had been sporting physique cameras.
“So far as we all know, they weren’t,” Burris stated final week.
Within the almost two months since Quinto’s demise, police haven’t issued a press launch on the incident. The Antioch Police Division and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division didn’t reply to requests for remark Monday.
“These Antioch cops had already handcuffed Angelo however didn’t cease their assault on the younger man and inexplicably started utilizing the ‘George Floyd’ strategy of inserting a knee on the again and aspect of his neck, ignoring Mr. Quinto pleas of ‘please do not kill me,’” Burris stated.
Quinto’s explanation for demise remains to be pending, the Contra Costa County Sheriff Coroner’s workplace advised CNN on Monday. His demise is beneath investigation by the Contra Costa County District Legal professional’s workplace.
Isabella Collins stated she referred to as police in hopes they might assist de-escalate the state of affairs.
“I do not suppose I’ll ever not really feel dangerous,” she advised CNN affiliate KGO. “If it was the fitting factor to do, it would not have killed my brother.”
The Antioch metropolis clerk and legal professional’s workplace didn’t reply to requests for remark.