Troy Taladay is a police officer from Rochester, 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.
Suffering from mental health issues, Prude was in the custody of Vaughn and his fellow Rochester Police Department officers Mark Vaughn, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris and Sergeant Michael Magri on March 23, 2020. Prude was having an acute, manic, psychotic episode that day so his older brother Joe D. Prude called the police for help.
Vaughn and Taladay pinned Daniel down. With his full body weight, the latter placed his knee on Daniel’s back in an attempt to stabilize him.
Using both hands and full body weight, Vaughn pushed the side of Daniel’s head into the pavement, which was similar to a triangle push-up. While Daniel was dying, Vaughn and Taladay casually chatted and joked with Harris, Specksgoor and Magri.
“Is he puking?” Taladay asked when Vaughn took his hands off Daniel’s head. “Ugh, he’s puking, just straight water. You see all that water that came out of his mouth? My man, you puking?”
One of the two emergency medical technicians at the scene asked Taladay is Daniel felt hot. The cop pointed to Daniel’s buttocks and sarcastically asked, “Do you want me to take his temperature?”
Daniel became unresponsive and was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where he was taken off like support on March 30, 2020. Here are 13 things about Taladay:
- He is 5’8″ tall.
- In 2003, he was one of the players of the Chili Baseball nine-and-ten-year-old travel team, which traveled to East Rochester in Monroe County, New York to play games against teams from other towns including Webster, Penfield and Brighton, Westside News reported.
- He was a varsity player in baseball, basketball and football in high school. On October 1, 2011, as a running back of the Churchville-Chili Saints football team, he totaled 167 yards and three touchdowns against Webster Schroeder High School, the Daily Messenger reported.
- In April 2012, he went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored in the Churchville-Chili Saints’ loss to Gates Chili High School’s team and finished 4-for-4 with two doubles against Canandaigua Academy’s team, the Monroe County Post reported.
- In 2012, he graduated from Churchville-Chili Senior High School in Churchville, New York.
- He attended St. John Fisher College in Rochester where he also played football. In 2014, he was one of the school’s Service-Learning Students who applied for the Service-Learning Mini-Grant. He was awarded for craft and paint supplies.
- From 2017 to 2019, he played for the Rochester River Monsters. In 2018, he was one of the four infielders of the Rochester Baseball League team when it played in the National Adult Baseball Association.
- On October 20, 2018, he participated in the Roctoberfest event of Yellow Jacket Racing. With a 37:28.0 gun time, he ranked number 402.
- He donated $25 to Beards for Bucks, which allowed police officers to grow beards in November 2019 to raise funds for cancer.
- He was 26 years old when he was involved in the arrest of Daniel on March 23, 2020.
- On September 3, 2020, Rochester mayor Lovely Warren announced that he, Vaughn, Ricotta, Santiago, Specksgoor, Harris and Magri were suspended with pay.
- The City of Rochester’s Office of Public Integrity released a report on December 15, 2020 to clear him, Ricotta, Vaughn, Santiago, Harris, Speckgoor and Magri of any potential wrongdoing in connection to Daniel’s death.
- A grand jury voted not to indict him, Ricotta, Vaughn, Santiago, Specksgoor, Harris and Magri 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.”