A South Florida police sergeant has been taken off the street after a video of him choking a fellow officer emerged last week.
Sgt. Christopher Pullease has been relieved of his supervisory duties with the Sunrise, Florida, police department and is now under investigation after local news station WSVN, acting on a tip, began asking about an incident in which Pullease grabbed a female officer by the throat.
The incident occurred on Nov. 19 when officers were called to a convenience store on Sunset Strip after complaints about an individual committing aggravated battery. A man identified as Jean Bernard Similien, reportedly attacked several people outside the business sunrise police, Chief Anthony Rosa told Local 10 News.
Cops were trying to place Similien inside the patrol car, but he resisted. Rosa told the news station that once Similien was inside but refusing to allow the doors to close, Pullease “approached and engaged in a verbal altercation with the suspect in a manner that I feel was inappropriate and unprofessional.”
He noted, “This supervisor escalated the encounter instead of de-escalating an emotionally charged situation.” Read more.