On December 23rd, 2020, the Antioch Police Department was called to the home of Angelo Quinto after his sister, Isabella Collins, feared he would hurt their mother, Maria Quinto-Collins. A 30-year-old Navy veteran from Antioch, California, Angelo had been suffering from anxiety, depression, and paranoia for the previous few months. Upon arrival, one officer handcuffed Quinto, while another knelt on his neck for at least five minutes, as Quinto pleaded, “Please don’t kill me.” Quinto lost consciousness and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead three days later. In the nearly two months since Quinto's death, police have not issued a press release on the incident nor an official cause of death.

The Filipino-American community in Southern Nevada is seeking justice for Angelo Quinto and stands in solidarity with his family during this difficult time. What happened to Angelo was not an isolated incident. According to a 2015 study released by the Treatment Advocacy Center, “people with untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during a police encounter than other civilians approached or stopped by law enforcement.” When officers are dispatched to mental health emergencies, violence should not be the first line of response.

The purpose of this webinar is to educate the general public on mental health resources while addressing the stigma around mental health, particularly in the Filipino-American community. The webinar will include a panel of mental health professionals and community leaders as we seek to tackle mental health response reform.