A cop in Sunrise, Florida, is under investigation after video showed him grabbing his fellow officer by her throat after she tried to deescalate a situation.
Body camera video obtained by NBC News shows the moment Sgt. Christopher Pullease grabbed a female officer by her throat and pushed her up against a cop car. The incident began on Nov. 19 when officers responded to an emergency call about a man attacking people outside of a convenience store.
Pullease, a 46-year-old who has been with the department for 21 years, was standing over the suspect with pepper spray in his hand and engaged in a â€œverbal altercation,â€ Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa said in a statement Friday.
When a 28-year-old female officer who has been on the force for over two years pulled on Pulleaseâ€™s belt to deesecalate the situation, Pullease can be seen on video whipping around and grabbing her by the throat with one hand before pushing her against a cop car.
Audio of the incident was removed from the video by the department. In his statement, Rosa commended the female officer for deescalating â€œan emotionally charged situation.â€
â€œI am very proud of the officer involved in this incident and believe that the actions taken were definitive and demonstrative of good leadership during a tense situation,â€ Rosa added.
Pullease had two previous allegations of excessive force nearly 20 years ago, but was cleared on both, local station WSVN reported . Pullease has been placed on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
â€œI find this behavior to be disgusting,â€ Rosa said during a press conference Friday. â€œI think the video speaks for itself.â€