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Why Was Angelo Quinto’s Death Ruled an Accident?

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A demonstrator holds a sign that says, 'Justice for Angelo Quinto' during a student-led rally to show solidarity with the Asian American community and bring awareness to the death of Angelo Quinto, in San Francisco on March 26, 2021.
A demonstrator holds a sign that says 'Justice for Angelo Quinto' during a student-led rally to show solidarity with the Asian American community and bring awareness to the death of Angelo Quinto, in San Francisco on March 26, 2021. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

In December 2020, 30-year old Angelo Quinto died after an encounter with Antioch police. His family says that, after calling 911 for help, they witnessed officers using a knee-to-neck restraint, causing Quinto to die of asphyxiation in the hospital days later.

In August, a coroner’s inquest for Contra Costa County declared Quinto’s death an accident. But the inquest process itself had some significant red flags — and it has left Quinto’s family and many other Antioch residents feeling like that process is rigged.

Guest: Sandhya Dirks, race and equity reporter for KQED

Episode transcript here.


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