On Friday, Contra Costa County Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston announces that a coroner’s jury today reached a finding in the December 26, 2020 death of 30-year-old Angelo Quinto of Antioch.
The Coroners’ Office ruled Friday Quinto succumbed to “excited delirium” and prescription drugs during the physical restraint with officers. The finding of the jury is that the death was an accident.
The coroner’s jury reached the verdict in the inquest after hearing the testimony of witnesses called by hearing officer Matthew Guichard.
A coroner’s inquest, which Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston convenes in fatal incidents involving peace officers, is a public hearing during which a jury rules on the manner of a person’s death. Jury members can choose from the following four options when making their finding:
- Natural Causes
- At the hands of another person, other than by accident
Since the December 2020 incident, the Quinto family painted a different picture of the death blaming four officers — Nicholas Shipilov, Arturo Becerra, Daniel Hopwood and James Perkinson – after Quitno went unconscious and died threedays later in the hospital.
Antioch Police Chief Tammany Brooks held a press conference on May 2 regarding the in-custody death which included the 9-1-1 call and radio traffic from the incident.
During the 9-1-1 call, the woman said her brother was physically restraining her mother. She said she was armed with a hammer after he took it from her and she had taken it back. She also told the dispatcher he took drugs.
While on the phone with the dispatcher, she told her that her mother was not breathing, and he was strangling her. At that point, she opened the door for police.
Chief Brooks then played the dispatched highlighting the reporting party is armed with a hammer after the mother took it away from the brother. Dispatch then told officers that the reporting party could hear Quinto was hurting the mother and known to use drugs. A short time later, it was relayed that Quinto was strangling the mother.
According to Brooks, officers arrived on scene to find Angelo Quinto being actively restrained by his mother on a bedroom floor in the house and requested she get off of him so they could detain him.
“According to preliminary results of an investigation, at one point during the hand cuff, an officer did briefly for a few seconds have a knee across a portion of his shoulder blade which is a common control technique taught California POST,” stated Brooks. “At no point, did any officer use a knee or any body part to gain leverage or apply pressure to Angelo’s head, neck or throat which is outside of our policy and training.”
He continued saying one officer tried to gain control of Angelo’s legs as they were “thrashing around”. At that point another officer spoke to Angelo’s mother to determine his medical history. Officers determined Angelo was suffering a mental health crisis and summoned an ambulance at approximately 11:16 pm with two additional officers arriving on scene and paramedics on scene by 11:23 pm.
“As medics entered the room, officers recognized that Angelo had become unresponsive and potentially experiencing a medical emergency. Angelo was immediately unhandcuffed and medics began evaluating him and rendered medical aid,” stated Brooks.
Brooks continued saying Angelo was transferred to an area hospital by approximately 11:30 pm.
Fatal incident protocol was initiated where the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office led the investigation. Ultimately, Angelo was admitted to the intensive care unit and remained in their care for 3-days before informed of his passing.
Brooks released details from multiple pathologists relating to their findings.
- Although Angelo had injuries consistent with a struggle with his family and law enforcement, none of the injuries appeared to be fatal.
- There were no fractures of the skull, torso, or extremities.
- A full examination of the neck revealed there was no evidence of strangulation or crushed airway.
- They are currently expanding toxicology testing because they were aware of reported past drug use.
Bill to Ban Police Use of Restraints that Cut Off Oxygen Passes Assembly Floor
Sacramento, CA – With a 49-5 vote, AB 490 passed the Assembly floor Wednesday. Authored by Chair of Select Committee on Police Reform, Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson), AB 490 seeks to ban law enforcement from using restraint that causes positional asphyxia.
“Last year, we witnessed the death of my API Brother, Angelo Quinto, a Navy veteran, who was tragically killed by police when an officer knelt on his neck for nearly five minutes,” said Gipson. “We need to make sure all methods of restraining someone do not turn unnecessarily deadly!”
Positional asphyxia is a deadly condition that can occur when a person being restrained cannot get enough oxygen. This also includes the “knee to neck” restraint, a technique that led to the death of George Floyd.
“My bill still allows officers to protect themselves in life-threatening situations, but it does not allow them to cut off anyone’s airway” stated Gipson. “The circumstances of Angelo Quinto’s death are a stark parallel to George Floyd’s, which both exposed loopholes in use-of-force policies.”
AB 490 is an extension of AB 1196, landmark legislation authored by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson. AB 1196 was signed by the Governor in 2020 and bans law enforcement from using the same kinds of chokeholds that killed George Floyd. The current statewide use-of-force policy now prohibits law enforcement from using any type of chokehold, including carotid restraint.
“AB 490 will create a uniform statewide policy on restraints that cause positional asphyxia to make sure these restraints are no longer uses,” said Gipson.
The bill is now headed to the Senate Public Safety Committee and is sponsored by the California Faculty Association.
Once you hear that someone hired that AMBULANCE CHASER, John Burris, there will be lies and lies and then more lies coming from him and his crew. I hope the police keep playing that 911 call from the sister over and over! It should be featured on all the news channels. The guy was choking his mother, for Christ’s sake!
Of course the police didn’t find any extra drugs in the house. The Quinto guy had digested them all.
With all that being said…the unfortunate part is that the officers didn’t have body cameras to show what happened between them arriving and the family recording the tail end of the incident. Why in 2020 police anywhere in this country wouldn’t have body cameras is the question and will more than likely be the reason APD will settle. Nobody but those involved and God know the truth. However you look at it this family has experienced serious trauma…don’t turn this into a slander fest with a bunch of ignorant asshole uninformed comments. So sick of the racism and hatred in the comments on this forum.
ME — The family probably experienced SERIOUS TRAUMA many times when the guy got violent. It’s hell living with someone with that condition which probably will never go away! I have relatives who were in the same boat, but luckily the perpetrator died of complications from COVID and now the family doesn’t have to be on edge all the time wondering when the next attack on them will occur!
Hey there ME! How do YOU know these comments come from the uninformed? Are you projecting now? If you don’t like what’s written, then DON’T FUCKING READ IT! OK?
A great way to avoid this situation is to not commit crimes or do drugs!
I feel bad for the officers that had to deal with this.
Back the Blue!
One again APD is wrongfully accused…
The family smells $$$$ …
The coroner gave the information on the cause of death. Then the family hired an independent pathologist to do another autopsy. Of course, the independent one will come up with what the family wants to hear. THEY PAID FOR THAT SECOND AUTOPSY! Those are the results they want! Doesn’t anyone get that?
Sweet Jesus! The sister told the dispatcher that the guy was strangling his mother! He attacked others in that family and that’s why the cops were called! Of course they had to subdue him! Part of the reason police are called.
If you see someone with their hands around another person’s throat, you do whatever it takes to stop them from strangling that person.
The police didn’t have bodycams because the idiots on the city council did not OK them at that time. Now, they have.
What’s going on? The woman who called 911 said the guy was attacking people and strangling his mother! What were the police going to do? Let him continue? The fact that this family hired that idiot Burris says tomes! The police saved them from further abuse by this guy!
Mental health is not the same as having liver or kidney disease. It affects the entire family and you never know when the person will go bonkers! Some meds help while others don’t. The caregivers are “on their toes” and “walking on eggs” all the time. Always living in fear that another outburst will occur and you never know when this will happen. That’s no way to live! It’s not healthy for the neighbors as well. When we lived in Los Angeles, there was a situation in our neighborhood that the mentally ill person would get up at night and set houses on fire!
Wouldn’t you know it? They bring up that Quinto was in the US Navy. A lot of people served and many had a lot of psychological problems and even downright mental health problems. That makes no difference here. Yes! Blame the police for doing what they were trained for in dealing with problem people. Should they had just to stand back and watch the man strangle his mother? The coroner did a thorough job and I’m sure he didn’t have any vested interest in this other than find out what caused the death! The “independent” pathologist was paid to come up with what this family wanted it to be. You get paid? You come up with what the payer wants.
no theu shouldnt just stand back and let the man choke out his mother. However upon there arrival that was not what they witnessed. They arrived to find his mother holding him down restraining him on the floore and then they took over the restraint.
Indeed, it seems that this greedy family is eyeing some bucks from a civil suit. I hope a judge throws it out. But if he doesn’t, I want to be on that jury! Let’s see how far these people get! I wonder how many times Mr. Quinto attacked his family and they didn’t call the cops? You can’t fiddle around with such people. They have been known to kill.
If this man had lived, how many times would he attack the people he lived with and how many more times would the police be called to break up the attacks. How many times would he be trying to strangle people? Was he on medication? Did he take those? Sounds like he didn’t. The problem has been solved! Why get a SCHEISTER LAWYER and bring a civil suit? Unless they want to profit from his demise! SHAME!
Lawyers are LIARS! That Buris guy for one and the Gipson assemblyman is another one who said he “witnessed the death” of Quinto! You mean, he witnessed it from Carson, which is a city in southern California? Or was he in Sacramento and high-tailed it to Antioch and got there when the police arrived? What a piece of work!
Burris and his crew are a joke! Last person I’d hire to bathe my dog!
August 23, 2021
Assemblymember Gipson (District 64),
As I read the morning news, I find myself saddened as I am reminded of the death of another one of our local citizens, Angelo Quinto on December 26, 2020. My heart goes out to his family and friends. Further in the article I find my self angry as I read your quote when you proposed AB 490. My intent is not to oppose or argue the merits of the bill, but rather how our elected officials present information to their peers, constituents and the press.
You are quoted saying, “Last year, we witnessed the death of my API Brother, Angelo Quinto, a Navy veteran, who was tragically killed by police when an officer knelt on his neck for nearly five minutes,” said Gipson. “The circumstances of Angelo Quinto’s death are a stark parallel to George Floyd’s, which both exposed loopholes in use-of-force policies.”
The article went on to say, The Coroners’ Office ruled Friday Quinto succumbed to “excited delirium” and prescription drugs during the physical restraint with officers. The finding of the jury is that the death was an accident. After further investigation, the Police Chief is quoted to say, “At no point, did any officer use a knee or any body part to gain leverage or apply pressure to Angelo’s head, neck or throat which is outside of our policy and training.”
I feel that your comments above are not only false but inflammatory. In a country that is so divided, it is my opinion that this type of speech and rush to judgement is the root cause.
I want to be clear that I am not discounting the tragic loss of life, nor am I discussing the merits of AB 490, I am simply saying, let’s all do our part in not rushing to judge anyone and more importantly, let’s all speak the truth. I think this is a reasonable expectation of our elected officials.
Citizen, Assembly District 11
CC Jim Frazier, Assemblymember District 11
East County Today
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