Florida LEO charged with battery on fellow LEO!
Sgt. Christopher Pullease, a 21-year veteran of the Sunrise, Florida Police Department, has been charged with Felony Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, and Assault on a Civilian Prisoner resulting from an incident that occurred in November 2021.
Sunrise police were dispatched to the Sunset Strip area to reference a subject that had battered several victims, later identified as Jean-Bernard Similien. Sunrise Officers made an arrest and had Similien handcuffed, but Similien refused to get into the patrol vehicle. Sunrise officers were attempting to get Similien in the car when Sgt. Pullease arrived on the scene. Pullease is recorded on body cam approaching the suspect with pepper spray in hand, (although he did not spray the suspect.) Pullease then leaned into the patrol vehicle and stated:
Similien: “If you’re gonna mace me, mace me.”
Pullease: “Look at me, A*****e. You wanna play games?”
Pullease: “I will remove your F*****g soul from your F*****g body.”
At this time, a female officer came up behind Pullease up and pulled him away by his gun belt. Pullease turned around and initially pushed her back by the throat, then moved his hand down to her shoulder.
Pullease: “Never F*****g touch me again, get the F**k off me”
Pullease then instructed officers on the scene to turn off their body cameras.
Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa felt it was necessary to show the public the bodycam video of the incident, stating:
“It is vital to be transparent.” “Once the suspect was inside the patrol vehicle, the sergeant approached and engaged in a verbal altercation with the suspect in a manner that I feel was inappropriate and unprofessional.”
Pullease turned himself in at the Broward County Jail on July 21st and bonded out of jail a few hours later. Pullease has pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him, and a court appearance has been set for September 8th.
The Sunrise Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 80 said it supported Sgt. Pullease received a fair investigation and an “unbiased and objective conclusion.” The F.O.P. also accused Chief Rosa of bias, stating:
“Chief Rosa should not be opining as to his personal feelings or assisting in publicly ridiculing the Sergeant to the community or his subordinates.”