Andrew Peter Specksgoor 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.
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, 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.
Daniel became unresponsive so he was sent to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he was taken off like support on March 30, 2020. Here are 13 things about Specksgoor:
- He is a native of Ontario, Wayne County, New York.
- He previously lived in Virgina, USA particularly in Winchester and Cross Junction.
- He joined the police force in 2011.
- His annual wage was $45,490 in 2015, $49,752 in 2016, $53,476 in 2017 and $41,006 in 2018.
- He used to work for the Winchester Police Department in Winchester and was a member of the Community Response Team (CRT).
- He is certified in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) and is a CIT trainer. On June 17, 2016, he and his fellow Winchester Police Department officers Scott Bultrowicz and Tyler Kalkbrenner graduated from their CIT at the Northwestern Community Services in Winchester.
- On July 17, 2018, he and his fellow Winchester Police Department officer Keith Nixon saved a suicidal man at the Berryville Avenue in Winchester, The Winchester Star reported.
- In 2019, he joined the Rochester Police Department.
- He made $21,526 in 2019. His annual wage in 2020 was $63,785.
- He was 33 years old when he was involved in the arrest of Daniel on March 23, 2020. He was in his patrol car while Daniel was being restrained, New York Daily News quoted lawyer Matthew Rich as saying.
- On September 3, 2020, Rochester mayor Lovely Warren announced that he, Vaughn, Taladay, Ricotta, Santiago, 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, Taladay, Santiago, Harris and Magri of any potential wrongdoing in connection to Daniel’s death.
- A grand jury voted not to indict him, Ricotta, Vaughn, Taladay, Santiago, 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.”