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Florida sergeant who grabbed officer by throat under investigation

The suspect had been handcuffed and placed into a cruiser when the sergeant pointed pepper spray at him. The female officer pulled him away by the belt.
Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Published Jan. 21|Updated Jan. 21

SUNRISE — A South Florida police sergeant is under criminal investigation after he was recorded grabbing a colleague by the neck when she tried to deescalate a situation involving a suspect, officials said.

Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease has also been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, the agency said in a statement.

“This is a result of criminal allegations that have been uncovered due to the internal affairs investigation. The Sunrise Police Department is working in conjunction with the Broward State Attorney’s Office during this criminal investigation.”

The 21-year veteran of the department had been placed on desk duty five days after the Nov. 19 incident.

The suspect had been handcuffed and placed into a cruiser when Pullease pointed pepper spray at him. The unidentified female officer ran to Pullease and pulled him by the belt away from the suspect, the video showed.

Pullease turned and put his left hand on her throat before pushing her back toward another police cruiser.

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