The family of a California Navy veteran says he died because police knelt on his neck for nearly five minutes — what their lawyer referred to as “the George Floyd technique.”
Angelo Quinto, 30, was suffering a mental health crisis when his family called police to their home in Antioch on Dec. 23 — and he died at a local hospital three days later, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
“He said, ‘Please don’t kill me,’ as they were putting him on the ground,” Quinto’s mother, Cassandra Quinto-Collins, told the outlet.
“They handcuffed him, and one officer put his knee on the back of his neck the whole time I was in the room,” she said.
Quinto-Collins said she was hugging her son to try to keep him calm when police arrived at the house, about 45 miles east of San Francisco — but said police never tried to deescalate the situation.
“I trusted the police because I thought they knew what they were doing,” she told the newspaper. “But he was actually passive and visibly not dangerous or a threat so it was absolutely unnecessary what they did to him.”
Quinto-Collins said cops did not have their bodycams on, but she began filming the incident after her son stopped moving.
The family filed a legal claim against the Antioch Police Department last week, and has announced their intention to file a federal lawsuit, the LA Times said.
“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,” their lawyer, John Burris, told the outlet.
“We see not only violations of civil rights but also violations against the rights of his mother and sisters, who saw what happened to him,” Burris said.
Floyd died on May 25 after police in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, sparking global protests against police brutality.
In a similar case, Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old man suffering a mental health breakdown, died after police in Rochester placed a spit hood over his head and held him down on March 23. Prude was left brain dead and was pronounced dead days later.
The announcement this week that Rochester cops would not face criminal charges in Prude’s death sparked a new round of protests in the upstate New York city.
Antioch police did not respond to a request for comment in Quinto’s death.
With Post wires