‘Inappropriate and unprofessional’: Florida sergeant arrested and charged with assaulting a female officer who was trying to stop him from using excessive force on a suspect
‘Inappropriate and unprofessional’: Florida sergeant arrested and charged with assaulting a female officer who was trying to stop him from using excessive force on a suspect. Also accused of deleting evidence from his phone relating to an altercation,
A senior Florida police officer has been charged with assaulting his colleague during the recent arrest of a suspect. The veteran officer strangled another officer because she broke ranks and tried to de-escalate a situation where a handcuffed suspect was being threatened with pepper spray by the sergeant.
Following an investigation, the Broward District Attorney’s Office released a statement Wednesday, July 20, charging Sgt. Christopher Pullease of the Sunrise Police Department with four felonies, including assaulting a police officer; crimes tampering with evidence; misdemeanor assault on a law enforcement officer; and offense attacking a male civilian identified as Jean Bernard Similien.
The incidents behind the charges happened on Friday, November 19, 2021, when the 47-year-old reportedly “deliberately touched and/or punched the female police officer against her will, assaulted her by pointing pepper spray at her face and grabbed the civilian man.” by putting pepper spray in his face.”
Earlier, Chief Anthony Rosa spoke about the multifaceted incident and said officers were called to a Sunset Strip supermarket to deal with complaints of simili beating people outside of the store.
Responding officers attempted to get the man into the squad car, but he resisted, prompting Pullease to approach and “engage in a verbal altercation with the suspect in a manner that I find inappropriate and unprofessional.”
The police chief said, “Rather than de-escalating an emotionally charged situation, this officer escalated the encounter.” His assessment was supported by audio signals from the officers’ body cameras.
Law & Crime reported that the audio, which is no longer available to the public, tells the suspect, “If you’re going to argue with me, argue with me.”
“I’ll remove yours [censored] soul of you [censored] body,” replies Pullease.
It also caught the other officer trying to pull him away from the suspect after things got out of hand.
A still from the video, taken by the SPD using a police bodycam, also shows him violently grabbing her by the throat.
“I find his behavior disgusting,” Rosa said in an interview. “I think the video speaks for itself.”
News 7 released parts of the footage.
Pullease was placed on paid administrative leave five days after the incident.
Pullease, who worked at the department for 21 years, faces up to five years in prison for the crimes against the officer and about two months for assaulting the man if found guilty.
But that’s not all. On January 19, days after the bodycam footage was revealed to have been shared, the sergeant is said to have attempted to tamper with evidence on his cell phone. If convicted of the crime, he faces “a maximum sentence of five years in state prison.”
Pullease was released on bail on Thursday, July 21. Wearing a white hoodie, he hurried past reporters hoping to get comment on his behavior and the charges against him.
Court records at this time show no attorney representing the sergeant.
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