His family held a news conference on Thursday to announce their decision to sue. Their lawyer, Bay Area civil rights attorney John Burris, called Quinto’s death “particularly horrific.”
“There are a lot of issues wrong here. The technique applied by officers. The failure to de-escalate. The jumping on his back, the putting into his neck by a knee,” Burris said, according to The Mercury News.
“Given what we know, which is that we had a healthy young man in his mother’s arms. The police grabbed him. They themselves, their conduct, snuffed the life out of him. We see that not only as a violation of his civil rights but it’s a violation of humanity, frankly.”
The Antioch Police Department has yet to issue a public statement on the case.
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