Paul T. Ricotta 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 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, Francisco Santiago, Andrew Specksgoor, Josiah Harris 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 Ricotta, Vaughn, Taladay, Santiago, Specksgoor, Harris and Magri were suspended with pay. Here are 13 things about Ricotta:
- He was born in 1985.
- His parents Mark J. Ricotta and Pamela Livingston Ricotta are from Groveland, Livingston County, New York.
- He is a resident of Livonia, Livingston County.
- He is married to Tricia L. Ricotta. They have a son named Vincent Ricotta.
- He is the uncle of Arabella Ricotta of Conesus, Livingston County and Cole Ricotta of Leicester, Livingston County.
- He used to work at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in Geneseo, Livingston County.
- The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office hired him as a deputy sheriff and road patrol on January 24, 2014.
- On February 24, 2014, he was one of the deputies who assisted in the arrest of Paul A. Kostraba of Avon, Livingston County, who was charged with driving while intoxicated, second-degree reckless endangerment and numerous traffic offenses, The Evening Tribune reported.
- In June 2014, he arrested Geneseo man Derek Fuocco for possession of a sexual performance by a child.
- In June 2014, he arrested Steven Dantini of Mount Morris, Livingston County for aggravated unlicensed operation.
- In July 2014, he arrested Brittani Hunt of Dansville, Livingston County for grand larceny.
- In July 2014, he arrested Anthony Bertini of Conesus for aggravated unlicensed operation.
- On December 1, 2017, he was patrolling the area around Dewey Avenue with his fellow Rochester Police Department officer Chad Brady when they noticed a black jeep SUV, driven by Anthony E. McIntyre, travelling in the opposite lane. The two gave contrasting testimonies in court when McIntyre was charged with several drug and firearms offenses.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added as soon as they are available.)