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Josiah Harris biography: 13 things about Rochester cop involved in Daniel Prude’s death

Josiah Harris

Josiah Harris

Josiah Harris  is an African-American 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 death of Daniel Prude, an African-American man from Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Suffering from mental health issues, Prude was in the custody of Vaughn and his fellow Rochester Police Department officers Mark Vaughn, Troy Taladay, Paul Ricotta, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor and Sergeant Michael Magri on March 23, 2020. When Prude was having an acute, manic, psychotic episode that day, his older brother Joe D. Prude called the police for help.

The cops’ encounter with Daniel ended with him being unresponsive and sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was taken off like support on March 30, 2020.

On September 3, 2020, Rochester mayor Lovely Warren announced that Harris, Vaughn, Taladay, Ricotta, Santiago, Specksgoor and Magri were suspended with pay. Here are 13 things about Harris:


  1. He was born on March 12, 1983.
  2. Among his family and relatives are Sierra Veronica Harris, Carmelle Harris, Kaydean A. Harris, RV Harris, Jordan Harris, Janielle C. Crocker, John C. Harris Jr., John B. Harris, John J. Harris Sr. and John C. Harris Jr.
  3. He and Vaughn were among the four Rochester Police Department officers who assisted Rochester police investigators Scott Ferro and Andy Mackenzie in arresting Phoenix Coley and Brandon Quaresimo on May 11, 2013. The arrestees were charged for their 7-11 convenience store robberies on December 4 and 5, 2012.
  4. In 2015, his annual wage was $69,949.
  5. In 2016, his annual wage was $85,424.
  6. In 2017, his annual wage was $86,485.
  7. In 2018, his annual wage was $87,431.
  8. He, along with Specksgoor and Magri, 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. He casually chatted and joked with Vaughn and Talladay while Daniel was dying.

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


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