A Sunrise Florida Police sergeant is under investigation after an incident involving another officer.
We have all seen so many police body-worn camera videos that catch the police, but this one is unbelievable. What started as an arrest ended with a sergeant putting his hand around the throat of one of his officers.
The police chief calls it “disgusting.”
Sunrise police released the video of the incident without audio. Police chief Anthony Rosa said he can’t reveal what Pullease said to the suspect, but he made a comment that escalated the situation when the man was already in handcuffs.
The female officer ran from behind and pulled the sergeant away by his belt in an effort to deescalate the situation.
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“In accordance with our department policies and procedures that call for intervention when there is an imminent fear of engagements escalating unnecessarily, the officer is seen grabbing the sergeant by the back of his duty belt and pulling him backward,”
Rosa said he’s proud of the officer who intervened.
“She took some definitive action,” he said. “I can only imagine what she must be feeling. She’s a newer officer, and he’s a very senior sergeant.”
The 28-year-old officer has worked with Sunrise Police for two and a half years. Her name is not being released at this time. Pullease, 46, is now on desk duty, he has served as an officer for more than 21 years.
“I’m not releasing the audio at this moment in time,” he said. “However, once the investigation is done, I’m committed to being completely open and transparent and everything will be released.”