Photo caption: The family of Angelo Quinto. Photo from attorney John Burris
The Filipino American community is rallying behind the family of a 30-year old man who they say died while an officer placed his knee on his neck.
The Mercury News reports attorney John Burris made the allegation at a recent news conference.
“Please don’t kill me. Please don’t kill me,” Burris quotes Angelo Quinto as saying as he says a police officer in Antioch, East of San Francisco, placed his knee on his client’s neck and another held his leg.
“I was there. I was watching them. I trusted them. I though they know what they’re doing,” Quinto’s mother told KTVU.
Quinto died three days after the incident. Yet two months after the December 23 incident, police have released no information on the case.
“Once some additional portions of the investigation are completed, APD will be getting together with all the involved agencies to provide more information to the public,” Lt. John Fortner said to KTVU.
LEAD Filipino, a San Francisco area non-profit which encourages civic engagement, announced it will join other Filipino groups in assisting the family.
The Mercury News reports the family called police because Quinto needed mental health help.
“There are a lot of issues wrong here,” Burris said. “The technique applied by officers. The failure to de-escalate. The jumping on his back, the putting into his neck by a knee.”
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