A Florida police sergeant has been demoted to desk work after he was seen on video taking a co-officer down her throat.
Authorities in Sunrise, Florida shared body camera footage of an incident that took place on November 19th.
Everyone in the video had their face blurred except Sergeant Christopher Pullease, 46, a 21-year veteran of the force.
Sunrise police detained a suspect who was ‘verbally and physically resistant’ when Pullease arrived on the scene and became aggressive, Chief Anthony Rosa said in a statement.
Pullease then got into a verbal altercation with the suspect, who was already sitting inside a police car.
Sergeant Christopher Pullease (pictured right) has been put on desk duty and removed from his supervisory responsibilities after he was filmed grabbing an officer by the neck.
The situation began when Pullease approached a detained suspect with pepper spray. His supervisor, Police Chief Anthony Rosa, said Pullease unnecessarily escalated the situation
The other officer approaches Pullease from behind and pulls him in the back of his guard belt, in accordance with department policies, according to Rosa
Video shows Pullease turning around while cycling in the back while being pulled, after which he momentarily places his hand against the other officer’s neck and pushes her backwards until she hits a nearby police car. Pullease then goes away
Body camera footage shows Pullease popping his head inside the car to talk to the suspect while holding a can of pepper spray.
Rosa said Pullease was ‘inappropriate and unprofessional’ in the situation, adding that he ‘unnecessarily exalted the suspect’s behavior.’
An officer – who has not been identified but who has been on the force for two and a half years – ran towards Pullease and pulled him in his guard belt.
Video shows Pullease turning around while cycling in the back while being pulled, after which he momentarily places his hand against the other officer’s neck and pushes her backwards until she hits a nearby police car. Pullease then goes away.
According to Rosa, the other officer followed Sunrise Police’s own policies and procedures in a situation where there is ‘imminent fear of escalating engagements’ between officers and suspects.
Police Chief Anthony Rosa (pictured) said Pullease was ‘inappropriate and unprofessional’ in the situation, adding that he ‘unnecessarily exalted the suspect’s behavior’
Chef Anthony Rosa (right) with Sgt. Christopher Pullease when he received an award in 2019
Pullease has served in the Sunrise Police Department for the past 21 years and has two investigations into excessive force, although he was acquitted both times
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has mentioned a need for new police officers and even said he would pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $ 5,000 if they move to Sunshine State to work, as officers across the United States continue to leave their posts in droves COVID vaccine mandates.
“We are actually actively working to recruit outside of state law enforcement because we have needs in our police and sheriff’s departments,” the governor told Fox News in October.
“In the next legislative session, I will hopefully sign legislation that gives a $ 5,000 bonus to any law enforcement outside the state that moves to Florida,” he told the network’s Sunday Morning Futures program.
Pullease has been deprived of its oversight duties since the incident. Internal Affairs investigates, and Rosa calls his behavior ‘disgusting’.
He has no contact or supervision over subordinate staff, according to Rosa.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has cited a need for new police officers, even saying he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $ 5,000 if they move to Sunshine State to work.
“I am very proud of the officer involved in this incident and believe that the measures taken were definitive and demonstrated good leadership during a tense situation,” Rosa said.
He noted that Sunrise officers are being asked to ‘de-escalate emotionally charged situations’ and intervene if one of their own appears to be losing control or engaging in inappropriate behavior in interaction with the public.
In an interview with the local TV station, Rosa was asked why Pullease has not already been charged in the three months since the incident, with a reporter pointing out that any civilian who lays his hands on an officer’s neck will be charged.
“So there are some details about the investigation that I have not revealed that I cannot reveal right now, and if any of the information that comes up during the investigation rises to a level of criminal behavior or criminal behavior, then we “will address it,” Rosa replied.
A WSVN study by Pullease said he had been examined twice for excessive use of force in his two decades on the job, but had been acquitted both times.
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