A disturbing incident was reported where bodycam footage shows a senior sergeant abusing his power and manhandling a junior officer after an officer tries to stop him from using excessive power while detaining a suspect. Additionally, A recent WSVN investigation into Sergeant Christopher Pullease also reveals that he had been investigated twice for excessive use of force in his two decades on the job, but had been cleared both times.
Cop Grabs Female Officer's Throat And Shoves Her After She Tried To Pull Him Off A Suspect
A disturbing incident reported in Flordia led to this sergeant being demoted to desk work after he was seen on bodycam video roughly grabbing a fellow officer by her throat.
Officials in Sunrise, Florida shared body camera footage of an incident that took place on November 19.
The officer involved in the video had their faces blurred except for Sergeant Christopher Pullease, 46, a 21-year veteran of the force.
Reportedly, the incident happened when the Sunrise police were detaining a suspect who was 'verbally and physically resistive' when Pullease came on the scene and got aggressive, Chief Anthony Rosa said in a statement.
At this point, Pullease not only got aggressive but also got into a verbal altercation with the suspect, who was already sitting inside a police car.
The evidence provided by the body camera footage shows Pullease ducking his head inside the car to talk to the suspect while holding a can of pepper spray.
Rosa pointed that Pullease was 'inappropriate and unprofessional' in the situation and added that he 'unnecessarily elevated the demeanor of the suspect.'
Things only got worse when a fellow officer, who is not identified but has been on the force for past years, moves forward towards Pullease and pulled him by the back of his duty belt.
Pullease then turns around while backpedaling and aggressively puts his hand on the fellow officer's throat and pushes her backward until she hits a nearby police car. He then walks away.
According to Rosa, the second officer was following Sunrise police's own policies and procedures for a situation where there's 'imminent fear of engagements escalating' between officers and suspects.
'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.
Rosa pointed that it is the responsibility of the Sunrise officers to 'de-escalate emotionally charged situations' and intervene if one of their own appears to lose control or display inappropriate conduct in interacting with the public.
In one recent interview, Rosa was asked why Pullease hasn't been charged already even though it has been 3 months since the incident, with a reporter pointing out that any civilian who put their hands on an officer's throat would face charges.
'So there's some details of the investigation that I've not disclosed, that I'm unable to disclose right now, and if any of the information that comes up during the investigation rises to a level of criminal behavior or criminal conduct, then we'll address it appropriately,' Rosa responded.
A recent WSVN investigation alarmingly reveals that Pullease had been investigated twice for excessive use of force in his two decades on the job, but had been cleared both times.