Angelo Quinto was a United States Navy veteran of Filipino descent. He lived in Antioch, Contra Costa County, California, USA and died on December 26, 2020 at the age of 30.
On December 23, 2020, Quinto was at home in Antioch with his mother Maria Cassandra Quinto-Collins and his sister Isabella Collins when he underwent a mental health episode. Isabella called police to their home because she feared Angelo would hurt their mother.
Two Antioch Police Department officers arrived and allegedly grabbed Angelo from his mother’s arms and tried to subdue him by kneeling on the back of his neck for almost 5 minutes.
After Angelo lost consciousness while laying on his front, officers rolled him over. His face was bloody as he was put into a white tarp bag and transported out of the room.
Paramedics administered chest compressions on Angelo and took him to the Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, San Francisco Chronicle reported. Three days later, the Filipino U.S. veteran was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Lawyers representing Angelo’s family filed a wrongful death claim against the City of Antioch on February 18, 2021. According to the claim, Maria had been holding her son to her chest with her hands clasped around his back for a few minutes before the two cops arrived at their home on December 23, 2020.
The City of Antioch has 45 days to respond to the claim, which also stated that Angelo had already started to calm down during the encounter but the cops grabbed him from Maria and handcuffed him without understanding the situation first. She was able to record part of the incident using her cell phone.
On February 22, 2021, the Contra Costa County Sheriff Coroner’s office told CNN that Angelo’s cause of death is still pending but his family’s lawyers blame asphyxiation. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office is investigating his death.
One of the lawyers is John Burris. They are frustrated that the Antioch Police Department neither identified the two cops involved nor released footage from their body cameras.
“This is wrongful death in the sense that their conduct caused the death of this person,” ABC7 News quoted Burris as saying. “This was a healthy person before and now his life is gone.”
Born in the Philippines, Angelo graduated from Berkeley City College in Berkeley, Alameda County, California in 2008. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy for medical reasons.