Florida policeman grabs female officer by throat when she attempted to deescalate his interaction with black suspect
The footage shows Christopher Pullease, a sergeant with the Sunrise Police Department, leaning into a squad car holding pepper spray, threatening a handcuffed black male suspect, when as of now unidentified 28-year-old female officer, approached him and pulled him away by his belt.
Pullease then turned around and grabbed the other officer by the throat and pushed her up against the car before turning back to the suspect, then pointing his finger at the other officer, and walking away.
The footage shows Pullease and one other officer’s perspective, but all faces are blurred save Pullease’s.
Pullease, 21-year veteran of the force, is on desk duty while the situation is being investigated by the department.
Rosa also praised the female officer for intervening in what he said was Pullease escalting the situation with “inappropriate and unprofessional” behavior:
“I’m very proud of this police officer. She took some definitive action. I can only imagine what she must be feeling. She’s a newer officer, and he’s a very senior sergeant.”
Under a new state law, officers are being trained on their “duty to intervene” when other officers are using excessive force.
“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.”
This is not the first time, however, that Pullease has been under scrutiny for excessive force, being cleared of two previous allegations, according to local news sources.