Sunrise, FL — Earlier this year, TFTP reported on the utterly shocking incident in which a massive cop grabbed a fellow female cop by the throat and choked her for trying to stop him from torturing a handcuffed man. That cop was never fired and despite video of the assault catching the officer in the act, he was never charged — until now.
Veteran Sunrise police sergeant Christopher Pullease was the 21-year veteran of the department who strangled his coworker, and he was not fired. Instead, he has been on paid vacation for several months after he was captured on video strangling that female officer. Highlighting the lack of concern over his actions, Pullease remained on regular duty a week after strangling her and desk duty for two months after that.
That has all changed however, and this week, Pullease was arrested on a slew of charges including tampering with evidence, battery on a police officer, assault on an officer and assault.
After his arrest, he immediately posted bail and is now free on bond.
The incident unfolded in November and it's taken this long for charges to come.
Only after the video was released publicly did a criminal investigation ensue — months later. Had it not been released, we may never have known about it and Pullease could still be on regular duty. What's more, had a regular citizen grabbed a cop by the neck and thrown her against a police cruiser, they would most assuredly not remain free for months after the attack. They would have been beaten, arrested, and probably even killed. But Pullease simply got to stay home and collect a paycheck.
As we reported, the incident unfolded on November 19, 2021 as Sunrise police were arresting a man at a local convenience store for allegedly assaulting people outside. When the video begins, the man is in handcuffs and being loaded into the police cruiser. Though the suspect, Jean Similien was putting up some resistance at first, eventually he sat down and got inside.
For months, we had no idea what anyone was saying as police released a muted video. However, after the audio was released, Pullease's actions appeared that much more egregious — including threatening the female cop and ordering other cops to engage in illegal activity.
As the video shows, the suspect's compliance was of no concern to Pullease, who pulled up to the scene after the suspect was in the back of the squad car. For no apparent reason, Pullease began threatening the suspect with a can of pepper spray.
Below is a transcript of the audio as reported by Local 10.
Jean Similien: “Alright, I’m getting in.”
Sergeant Christopher Pullease: “Hey, look at me! Look at me! Look at me! You want to f***** play f****** games? You’re playing with the wrong motherf*****!”
Similien: “Do what you gotta do man! You gonna mace me, mace me.”
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Pullease: “Look at me motherf*****. You want to play f****** games? You ever get disrespectful with my officers I will remove your f****** soul from you f****** body!”
Luckily for Similien, before Pullease "removed his soul," there was a good cop on the scene who was unafraid of stepping in to stop this bad cop in his tracks. As Pullease threatened the handcuffed man, priming the taxpayers of Sunrise for a lawsuit which they would be forced to fund, a brave female officer came from behind the raging cop and intervened and for this she was choked by the massive raging cop, twice her size.
Pullease reacts: “What the f*** you… don’t ever f****** touch me again!” as he strangles his coworker.
Female officer: “No! . . Sir!”
Pullease: “Get the f*** off me!”
Female officer: “Sir!”
After choking the female officer, Pullease then threatens her, saying he'll be back.
Pullease: “And I’ll f****** see you in about 5 minutes!”
When he comes back, Pullease made the unlawful order saying “Everybody turn off their f****** cameras.”
No one knows what happened after except for the people on the scene.
“The sergeant is accused of intentionally touching or striking the female police officer against her will, assaulting her by holding pepper spray up to her face, and assaulting the civilian male by holding pepper spray to his face,” the Broward State Attorney’s office, said in a statement. “If convicted, the maximum possible penalties are five years in state prison for felony battery on a law enforcement officer, one year for assaulting a law enforcement officer, and 60 days for assault on a civilian.”
The statement went on to say that Pullease “is also accused of tampering with evidence, his cellphone, in January of this year. If convicted, the maximum possible penalty is five years in state prison.”
For now, Pullease is still collecting a paycheck with the department releasing the following statement about his employment. “Sergeant Pullease has been on administrative leave throughout the course of the investigation. Further determination with regards to the employment of Sergeant Pullease will be made in accordance with Florida State Statute 112.532, due process, and the collective bargaining agreement.”