The mother of a young man killed by police after being placed in so-called prone restraint, wept bitterly after California banned such holds.
California Governor Gavin Newsom Put signature on The law covers a range of police reform measures, ranging from limiting the use of rubber bullets during protests to requiring an officer to intervene if they see a colleague using excessive force.
AB 490, or Angelo’s one of the measures signed into law, was named after 30-year-old Angelo Quinto, an Asian-American man who died after allegedly being knelt on his neck by police. and was placed in a prone restraint. When the family of the young man suffered a mental illness in December 2020.
On Thursday, while attending a signing ceremony in a Los Angeles park, the young man’s mother, Sandra Quinto Collins, burst into tears and was hugged by the governor.
“When it comes to law enforcement, we are in a crisis of trust, across the state, across the country,” said California Attorney General Rob Bonta. “We are providing a concrete solution by banning dangerous holds that lead to asphyxiation to many other mechanisms that improve accountability and oversight and transparency.”
The death of a young man who wanted to join the Navy was highlighted Granthshala Earlier this year, on the anniversary of the assassination of George Floyd. In May 2020, 12 months after Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, Quinto was one of 426 people killed by police in the US.
In May, Quinto’s mother recalled how she had seen her son suffer a fatal injury.
“I was watching it the whole time. I was there,” she said. “I saw everything in my bedroom before my eyes.”
On Friday, the young man’s stepfather, Robert Collins, said the signing of the law had caused a mix of emotions for the family.
On one hand it raised the grief associated with the death of the young man, while the family was also satisfied that his loss was not completely in vain.
“If Angelou’s death means that others don’t die that way, that’s a positive,” Mr Collins said, speaking from the city of Antioch.
One of the members of the California legislature who has supported several bills advancing police reform is former police officer Mike Gipson, a Democrat who represents the state’s 64th district, which includes South Los Angeles and some of the city of Compton. parts are included.
Last year, he was behind a measure that banned the use of so-called chokeholds.
“I want to thank Governor Newsom again for stepping up to the plate and standing up for what is right,” Gipson said in a statement.
“AB 490 still allows officers to defend themselves in life-threatening situations, but it doesn’t allow them to cut off someone’s airway.”
He added: “The circumstances of Angelo Quinto’s death parallel those of George Floyd, who both exposed flaws in policies of the use of force. Family, justice is here. “
Additional reporting by The Associated Press
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