Navy veteran died after police kneeled on his neck for nearly 5 minutes, the family says
A Navy veteran who was experiencing an episode of paranoia died after a Northern California police officer kneeled on his neck for a few minutes, his family said Tuesday. Angelo Quinto’s family called the police on December 23 because the 30-year-old was suffering from a mental crisis and needed help.
His family say one answering officer kneeled by Quinto’s neck for almost five minutes while another officer held his legs. Quinto passed out and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he died three days later.
“He said ‘Please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me’ when they laid him on the floor. They handcuffed him and a police officer put his knee on the back of his neck the whole time I was in town “said Quinto’s mother, Cassandra Quinto-Collins.