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Michael Magri biography: 10 things about Rochester, New York cop

Michael Magri, Salvatore Amato

Michael Magri, Salvatore Amato

Sergeant Michael Alfonso Magri is a police officer from Rochester, Monroe County, New York, United States. He was one of the seven Rochester Police Department officers suspended due to their involvement in the arrest of Daniel Prude, an African-American man from Chicago, Illinois, USA, amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020.

On March 23, 2020, Prude was having an acute, manic, psychotic episode so his older brother Joe D. Prude called the police for help. Suffering from mental health issues, Daniel became unresponsive that day while he was in the custody of Magri and his fellow Rochester Police Department officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor and Josiah Harris.

Daniel was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where was taken off life support on March 30, 2020. Meanwhile, here are 10 things about Magri:

  1. He is a resident of Ontario, Wayne County, New York. Aside from Ontario and Rochester, he has also lived in other parts of New York namely Macedon and Webster.
  2. He previously lived in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, USA.
  3. He received an annual salary of $97,607 in 2015, $92,373 in 2016, $92,398 in 2017 and $97,663 in 2018.
  4. On November 14, 2015, he was one of the cops who chased Hispanic man Jose M. Torres, who was driving a vehicle with contraband marijuana and pills.
  5. On September 14, 2016, he and his fellow Rochester Police Department officer Matt Bennetti testified in court against Torres.
  6. On May 6, 2017, he participated in the Bill Lawler Huntingtons 5K event of Yellow Jacket Racing. With 25:36:00 gun time, he ranked number 5.
  7. Rochester Police Department promoted him to the rank of Sergeant on January 2, 2019 along with Salvarote Amato, who was promoted to the rank of Investigator.
  8. He was 40 years old when he was involved in the fatal arrest of Daniel on March 23, 2020. He, along with Specksgoor and Harris, stood idly nearby while Daniel had his head pushed down against the pavement by Vaughn, back kneeled on by Talladay and legs held by Santiago.
  9. On September 3, 2020, Rochester mayor Lovely Warren announced that Magri, Vaughn, Taladay, Ricotta, Santiago, Specksgoor and Harris were suspended with pay.
  10. A grand jury voted not to indict him and all the other officers in Daniel’s death. On February 23, 2021, New York attorney general Letitia James explained, “Daniel Prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis and what he needed was compassion, care and help from trained professionals. Tragically, he received none of those things. We concluded that there was sufficient evidence surrounding Mr. Prude’s death to warrant presenting the case to a grand jury and we presented the most comprehensive case possible.”

(This is a developing story. More details will be added as soon as they are available.)

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