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For Immediate Release
FILIPINO AMERICAN COMMUNITY STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE QUINTO FAMILY
Leaders and Organizations Call on Systemic Change and Police Accountability
February 22, 2021 (Washington, DC) - The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) issues the following Statement following the death of 30-year-old Angelo Quinto in Antioch, California.
“We are saddened and outraged to hear of the killing of fellow Filipino American, Angelo Quinto, this past December in Antioch, California. He was brutally handled by the police officers responding to his family’s call for mental health assistance, sustaining injuries that led to his untimely death. Our deepest condolences go out to the Quinto family in light of this horrific incident,” says National Chair and President, Brendan Flores.
NaFFAA denounces all acts of police brutality, especially given the history of police violence against Black and Brown communities. The use of violent police tactics against people is unjust and appalling - it leads to the unnecessary loss of lives. The Black Lives Matter movement has been demanding this change for decades, and we continue to stand as allies to the movement, demanding that action is taken to bring justice to victims of police violence from their community and ours. We must do more or those who have been affected by police violence and other acts of violence, both within and outside of the Asian American community.
NaFFAA urgently calls on our public officials to take a stance against this injustice and to listen to the demands of Angelo Quinto’s family and of all BIPOC communities for solutions to reforming a broken police system.
The family of Angelo Quinto asks that we all stand in solidarity and demand the following actions from City of Antioch:
- Require body and dash cameras for every police officer and every police car of the Antioch Police Department.
- Ban the use of knee-to-neck restraint that was used on George Floyd and Angelo Quinto.
- Establish and fund a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Response Teams to respond to crisis situations throughout City of Antioch.
Please express your support and demand action through the following resources:
- Register and attend the Antioch City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7PM PST via https://www.antiochca.gov/speakers
- Register to submit an oral public comment by February 23rd at 5PM PST via https://www.antiochca.gov/speaker_card
- Submit a written 350-word max comment by February 23rd 5PM PST via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The original demands of the Family of Angelo Quinto can be found here: http://bit.ly/JusticeForAngeloQuinto
If you find yourself in a mental health situation, contact https://www.beam.community/mobilecrisis
NaFFAA will continue to monitor the progress of the Quinto family’s case against the Antioch police department and will provide updates to our members as they develop. Please send us a message or email email@example.com for any questions or concerns.
The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA promotes the welfare and well-being of the four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA's vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.