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Florida police officer seen on video grabbing fellow police officer by the throat: officer on leave

A Florida police sergeant has been relegated to desk work after being seen on video grabbing a colleague by the throat.

Authorities in Sunrise, Florida have shared body camera images of an incident that happened on Nov. 19.

Everyone in the video had a blurry face except Sergeant Christopher Pullease, 46, a 21-year veteran of the Corps.

Sunrise police detained a suspect who “provided verbal and physical resistance” when Pullease arrived at the scene and became aggressive, chief Anthony Rosa said in a statement.

Pullease then had a verbal altercation with the suspect, who was already in a police car.

Sergeant Christopher Pullease (pictured right) has been jailed and fired after being filmed grabbing a cop by the throat

Sergeant Christopher Pullease (pictured right) has been jailed and fired after being filmed grabbing a cop by the throat

The situation began when Pullease approached an arrested suspect with pepper spray.  His supervisor, Police Chief Anthony Rosa, said Pullease escalated the situation unnecessarily

The situation began when Pullease approached an arrested suspect with pepper spray.  His supervisor, Police Chief Anthony Rosa, said Pullease escalated the situation unnecessarily

The situation began when Pullease approached an arrested suspect with pepper spray. His supervisor, Police Chief Anthony Rosa, said Pullease escalated the situation unnecessarily

The other officer approaches Pullease from behind and pulled him by the back of his service belt, in accordance with department policy according to Rosa

The other officer approaches Pullease from behind and pulled him by the back of his service belt, in accordance with department policy according to Rosa

The other officer approaches Pullease from behind and pulled him by the back of his service belt, in accordance with department policy according to Rosa

Video shows Pullease turning around kicking backwards as he was pulled along, briefly placing his hand on the other officer's throat and pushing her back until she hit a nearby police car.  Pullease then runs away

Video shows Pullease turning around kicking backwards as he was pulled along, briefly placing his hand on the other officer's throat and pushing her back until she hit a nearby police car.  Pullease then runs away

Video shows Pullease turning around kicking backwards as he was pulled along, briefly placing his hand on the other officer’s throat and pushing her back until she hit a nearby police car. Pullease then runs away

Body-camera footage shows Pullease ducking his head into 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”.

A fellow officer – who has not been identified but has been on duty for two and a half years – ran to Pullease and pulled him by the back of his duty belt.

Video shows Pullease turning around kicking backwards as he was pulled along, briefly placing his hand on the other officer’s throat and pushing her back until she hit a nearby police car. Pullease then walks away.

According to Rosa, the second officer followed the Sunrise Police’s own policies and procedures for a situation where there is “imminent fear of escalation” between officers and suspects.

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1642358072 707 Florida police officer seen on video grabbing fellow police officer

Police Chief Anthony Rosa (pictured) said Pullease was “inappropriate and unprofessional” in the situation, adding that he “unnecessarily exalted the suspect’s behavior”

Chief Anthony Rosa (right) with Sgt.  Christopher Pullease when he received an award in 2019

Chief Anthony Rosa (right) with Sgt.  Christopher Pullease when he received an award in 2019

Chief Anthony Rosa (right) with Sgt. Christopher Pullease when he received an award in 2019

Pullease has served with the Sunrise Police Department for the past 21 years and has two investigations for excessive force, although he was acquitted both times

Pullease has served with the Sunrise Police Department for the past 21 years and has two investigations for excessive force, although he was acquitted both times

Pullease has served with the Sunrise Police Department for the past 21 years and has two investigations for excessive force, although he was acquitted both times

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated the need for new police officers, even saying he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they move to the Sunshine State to work, as officers in the U.S. continue to leave their posts in great numbers. COVID vaccine mandates.

“We’re actually actively recruiting out-of-state law enforcement officers because we need our police and our sheriff’s departments,” the governor told Fox News in October.

“In the next term, I will hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement officer who settles in Florida,” he told the network’s Sunday Morning Futures program.

Pullease has been relieved of his supervisory duties since the incident. Internal affairs are under investigation and Rosa calls his behavior “disgusting.”

According to Rosa, he has no contact or supervision of subordinate personnel.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated the need for new police officers, even saying he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they move to the Sunshine State to work.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated the need for new police officers, even saying he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they move to the Sunshine State to work.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated the need for new police officers, even saying he will pay unvaccinated police officers from other states $5,000 if they move to the Sunshine State to work.

“I am very proud of the officer involved in this incident and I believe that the measures taken were definitive and demonstrated good leadership in a tense situation,” Rosa said.

He noted that Sunrise agents are told to “de-escalate emotionally charged situations” and intervene if any of them appear to lose control or engage in inappropriate behavior when interacting with the public.

In an interview with the local TV station, Rosa was asked why Pullease has not yet been charged in the three months since the incident, with a reporter pointing out that any civilian who puts their hands on an officer’s throat will be charged.

“So there are some details of the investigation that I have not disclosed that I cannot disclose at this time, and if any of the information that comes out during the investigation rises to a level of criminal behavior or criminal behavior, then shall we ‘I’ll handle it appropriately,’ Rosa replied.

A WSVN Pullease’s investigation said he was twice investigated for excessive use of force in his two decades on the job, but was acquitted both times.

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