If you or I put our hands on the neck of a female police officer and tried to choke her — and then tampered with evidence of our crime — we’d be sitting in a jail cell and would definitely be on our way to prison.
Not so if you’re a cop.
Sgt. Christopher Pullease of the Sunrise (FL) is still walking around free and still has his job. But at least he’s now been charged for a Nov. 2021 incident that went viral:
A Florida police sergeant who was seen in body camera video grabbing another officer by her throat last year was charged with battery and assault on a law enforcement officer, officials said Thursday.
Christopher Pullease, 47, was also charged with evidence tampering and assaulting a civilian during the Nov. 19 incident, the Broward State Attorney’s office said in a statement.
Pullease, who was relieved of his supervisory duties in January, was accused of “intentionally touching or striking” the female officer against her will and assaulting her when he held pepper spray to her face, the statement said.
The assault charge against the civilian, who was being arrested on what authorities described as a violent felony when the incident occurred, was prompted by Pullease holding the spray to the man’s face, the prosecutor’s office said.
A probable cause affidavit obtained by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel accused Pullease of trying to “impair” his cellphone for his use in a criminal trial.
In the video, which was muted and blurred by the police department to protect an internal investigation, Pullease can be seen appearing to talk to the suspect, who is handcuffed and in the back of a patrol car.
The female officer can be seen approaching him and grabbing his duty belt in an apparent attempt to pull him away, according to Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa.
The video shows Pullease wheel around and briefly grab the officer by her throat while pushing her backward into another patrol car. He does not appear to deploy the pepper spray.
Police and police unions like to complain about how disrespected they are, but the truth is they have some of the best pay and benefits, best retirement plans, and best job protections of any civil servants in America.
And then there are the little things. Try driving into any parking lot of any big box store or supermarket in America and you’ll find special parking spaces near the door set aside of “our law enforcement partners.”
The list goes on.
It took them 10 months to even charge Pullease with a crime that was caught on video for the world to see.
But, yeah, cops are disrespected and targeted in our culture.
Of course the local police union has come to the officer’s defense despite the overwhelming evidence against him.
You can read the rest here.