Christopher Pullease, a 46-year-old Florida police officer, is under investigation for allegedly choking a female colleague. 

In bodycam footage of the November incident released last week, the unnamed woman officer is seen pulling Pullease away from a handcuffed suspect in the back of a squad car. Pullease then appears to put his hands on her neck and push her against another car. 

The matter is under internal review, according to local reports. Pullease has not been pulled from duty while the incident is under investigation but was reassigned to “desk work” pending the findings of the probe. 

Video Shows Cop Choking Female Officer

According to WSVN, Sunrise police Sgt. Christopher Pullease and some colleagues were responding to a call about an aggravated battery outside of a store on Nov. 19. 

In a video captured by an officer’s bodycam and released by Sunrise authorities last week, Pullease is seen approaching the suspect as other officers struggle to put him in a squad car during the arrest. 

The footage also shows Pullease threatening the suspect — who was handcuffed and by that point sitting in the back of the car — with his pepper spray, though department officials claim he did not use the weapon. 

Sunrise police said that, before choking his female colleague, Sgt. Christopher Pullease threatened an apprehended suspect with pepper spray.
Sunrise police said that, before choking his female colleague, Sgt. Christopher Pullease threatened an apprehended suspect with pepper spray. Photo credit: Sunrise Police

Shortly after, the unnamed female officer, identified only by Sunrise police as a 28-year-old, approaches Pullease from behind and gently tugs at his belt to pull him away from the suspect. Apparently angry, Pullease whips around, places his hand on the officer’s neck, and pushes her up against another police vehicle while shouting in her face.

As he does so, the officer wearing the camera turns away, obscuring the confrontation from view. None of the police officers standing by appear to react to Pullease’s outburst. 

It’s not clear what prompted the female officer to pull Pullease away from the suspect. The video does not show what Pullease was doing when she attempted to intervene. 

Seconds before allegedly choking her, Christopher Pullease was pulled away from a suspect by a female colleague. Of the half a dozen officers at the scene, only she stepped in to intervene.
Seconds before allegedly choking her, Christopher Pullease was pulled away from a suspect by a female colleague. Of the half a dozen officers at the scene, only she stepped in to intervene. None of the officers stopped Pullease when he overpowered the female officer. Photo credit: Sunrise Police

Sunrise police have acknowledged that he threatened the suspect with his pepper spray, but timestamps show that happened a full 20 seconds before the unnamed officer pulled him back. Bodycam footage shows Pullease leaning into the car toward the suspect, but the officer wearing the camera quickly turns away when he does so. 

The department has removed all audio from the clip, citing the ongoing internal investigation, and has obscured the face of each officer except for Pullease. 

Christopher Pullease Still on the Job

Though Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa has called Pullease’s behavior “disgusting,” the 46-year-old police sergeant is still on the job, two months after choking his colleague. 

He was not suspended or placed on leave, but rather was reassigned to a desk role while the investigation plays out. 

According to local media, Pullease has been the subject of excessive force complaints at least twice in his 20-year law enforcement career, though his own department cleared him of any wrongdoing in both cases. Further details of those incidents were not immediately available on Monday. 

Sunrise, Fla. police Sgt. Christopher Pullease is accused of choking a female colleague. He's under an internal investigation, but is still on the job.
Sunrise, Fla. police Sgt. Christopher Pullease is accused of choking a female colleague. He’s under an internal investigation, but is still on the job. Photo credit: Sunrise Police

No possible disciplinary actions or criminal charges have been discussed for Pullease, nor has a timeline of the probe — when it was launched, and when it may end — been released. 

Chief Rosa said that the female officer, who has only been on the force for two and a half years, was following department guidelines by intervening. He has not said whether the male officers at the scene will be disciplined for apparently ignoring those guidelines. 

“I find it to be inappropriate and unprofessional, because what he did is he escalated the situation when calm was actually required,” Rosa said of Pullease. 

“This officer intervening and stopping a situation from getting any worse is a direct reflection of the training that we do do with the police department,” he continued. 

“I think that it’s important to note that the behavior is very unacceptable by the sergeant, but the behavior of the officer that intervened is exactly what society’s asking their police officers to do right now.”