Enraged: Bodycam Shows Police Sergeant Putting Hand on Fellow Female Officer’s Throat in Florida

Enraged: Bodycam Shows Police Sergeant Putting Hand on Fellow Female Officer's Throat in Florida
Enraged: Bodycam Shows Police Sergeant Putting Hand on Fellow Female Officer's Throat in Florida (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/NBC6)

After body camera footage showed him placing his hand on another officer’s throat, a Sunrise Police sergeant is under investigation, according to NBC6.

Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa said in a statement Friday that Sgt. Christopher Pullease has been relieved of his supervisory responsibilities and is the subject of an internal affairs investigation as a result of the incident on Nov. 19.

Rosario explained that Pullease had been called to a scene where a suspect in a violent felony had been apprehended and officers were attempting to place him in the backseat of a patrol car.

Officers were unable to subdue the suspect, but after he was placed in the patrol car, Pullease approached him and engaged in a verbal altercation with him, which Rosa described as “inappropriate and unprofessional.”

Pullease, according to Rosa, also escalated the situation by holding his pepper spray can, despite the fact that he did not use it.

“This supervisor escalated the encounter instead of de-escalating an emotionally charged situation,” Rosa said in his statement. “It is our practice at the Sunrise Police Department to do everything we can to de-escalate tense incidents and bring calm to chaos.”

Rosa stated that another officer approached Pullease from behind and grabbed him by his duty belt, yanking him away from the scene in an attempt to de-escalate the situation.

Pullease was caught on body camera footage turning around and back pedaling before placing his hand on the officer’s throat while pushing the officer backwards, according to the video.

The video shows the faces of all of the officers, with the exception of Pullease, blurred, and the audio is silenced.

Rosa expressed gratitude to the officer who dragged Pullease away from the scene in his statement.

“I am very proud of the officer involved in this incident and believe that the actions taken were definitive and demonstrative of good leadership during a tense situation,” Rosa said. “The men and women of the Sunrise Police Department are expected to de-escalate emotionally charged situations and intervene immediately if it appears that a fellow officer is losing control of themselves or displaying inappropriate conduct while engaged with the public.”

Pullease was relieved of his supervisory responsibilities as soon as he was made aware of the incident, according to Rosa, and no longer has any contact or supervision over subordinate employees.

He has been with the Florida police department for 21 years, and the female officer who stopped him has been with the department for two years.