Florida Police Sergeant Grabs Female Colleague by Throat During Arrest

In Summary

The female officer was attempting to deescalate an arrest, where the sergeant was preparing to use force against a Black man in handcuffs.  

A police sergeant in Sunrise, Florida, is on desk duty after body camera footage showed him grabbing a female officer on scene by her throat on Nov. 19, 2021.  

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According to Insider, Sgt. Christopher Pullease of the Sunrise Police Department is seen on footage leaning into a patrol car. The video shows him showing pepper spray while a Black man was in the back of the car handcuffed.  

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A female officer, who was not identified, approached Pullease and pulled him away from the patrol car by his belt. The sergeant then turned around and grabbed her by her throat, pushing her against another police car.  

Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa reacted to the video when speaking with 7 News Miami. “I find this behavior to be disgusting. I think the video speaks for itself,” he said. “I find it to be inappropriate and unprofessional because what he did is he escalated the situation when calm was actually required.”  

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Rosa also applauded the female officer for intervening in the first place. “I’m very proud of this police officer,” he said. “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.”  

Pullease, a 21-year-veteran with the Sunrise Police Department, faced two other allegations of excessive use of force in the past, but he was cleared. An internal affairs investigation is now underway.  

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