A Florida police sergeant who was caught on video grabbing a female officer by the throat now faces legal expenses over the altercation, prosecutors introduced.
Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease on Wednesday was hit with counts of felony battery on a legislation enforcement officer, tampering with proof, assault on a legislation enforcement officer and assault on a civilian, according to the Broward State Attorney’s Office.
The incident unfolded on Nov. 19, 2019, when police have been known as to a Stop & Save comfort retailer in Sunrise for a report of a suspect, Jean Bernard Similien, who had bodily attacked a number of folks exterior the market.
The suspect had been handcuffed and positioned right into a cruiser when Pullease pointed pepper spray at him, however didn’t use it, officers mentioned.
The unidentified feminine officer, then 28 years outdated, ran to Pullease and yanked him by the belt away from the suspect, the physique digital camera video that was launched in January confirmed.
Pullease turned and put his left hand on her throat earlier than shoving her again towards one other police cruiser.
Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa described Pullease’s habits on the time as “disgusting” and condemned his actions in the course of the arrest.
“I discover it to be inappropriate and unprofessional, as a result of what he did is he escalated the scenario when calm was really required,” the chief mentioned.
Rosa praised the feminine cop, who by then has solely been with the division for two 1/2 years, for stepping in.
“I’m very happy with this police officer. She took some definitive motion. I can solely think about what she should be feeling. She’s a more moderen officer, and he’s a really senior sergeant,” the highest cop mentioned.
Pullease has been on paid administrative depart all through the course of the interior investigation.
He was launched from the Broward County jail on Wednesday night time. If convicted as charged, Pullease, 47, might face greater than 11 years in jail.
The 21-year veteran of the division had been positioned on desk obligation final November, 5 days after the altercation.
With Post wires