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‘Disgusting’: Sunrise Police chief responds to body cam video showing sergeant grabbing fellow officer by throat

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SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Sunrise Police sergeant is off the streets and under investigation after an incident involving another officer. Investigative Reporter Karen Hensel is at police headquarters with her exclusive.

We have all seen plenty of police body worn camera videos, but not quite like this. What started as an arrest ended with a sergeant putting his hands on the neck of one of his own officers. It’s behavior the police chief calls “disgusting.”

Sunrise Police released this body camera video to 7Investigates after a tip led us to ask about a Nov. 19 incident.

Citing an ongoing internal affairs investigation, the department turned off the sound and obscured almost all of the faces, except for one: Sgt. Christopher Pullease.

Karen Hensel: “When he went up and put his hand on her throat, what was your reaction?”

Chief Anthony Rosa: ” I find this behavior to be disgusting. I think the video speaks for itself.”

Just a minute earlier, the body camera shows a man being walked by officers to a patrol car. He was being arrested for aggravated battery after police say he hit people outside this convenience store.

The man under arrest is already in handcuffs, but officers appear to be having difficulty getting him into the car. Around that time, Sgt. Pullease pulls up and walks up to the suspect.

Sunrise Police Chief Anthony Rosa says he could not tell us what the sergeant said, but says it made the situation worse.

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

You see the cuffed man back away in the backseat, as Pullease leans into the car.

Karen Hensel: “And we saw that he had pepper spray in his hand. Was he threatening to use that on the cuffed suspect?”

Chief Rosa: “So this, the pepper spray, was out and aimed at the suspect.”

Suddenly, an officer races towards the sergeant and pulls him by the belt with both hands away from the car. Pullease, pepper spray still in one hand, grabs the officer with the other and pushes her against a patrol car.

Chief Rosa: “The initial contact between the sergeant and the officer was his hand against her throat.”

Watch again, from both camera angles. It’s quick, but the sergeant’s hand is at her neck before moving to her shoulder. Seconds later, he walks back to the car with the cuffed suspect, opens the door and closes it before pointing at the officer and saying something.

Chief Rosa says the young officer did the right thing.

Chief Rosa: “So I’m very proud of this police officer. She took some definitive action. I can only imagine what she must be feeling. She’s a newer officer, and he’s a very senior sergeant.”

Just how new? The 28-year-old officer, who we are not naming, has been with Sunrise Police for just over two and a half years. Compare that to 46-year-old Sgt. Christopher Pullease, a 21-year-plus veteran of the force.

Karen Hensel: “If one of us had ever grabbed an officer by the throat, we would be arrested. We would be put in jail. Why is that not happened with him?”

Chief Rosa: “So there’s some details of the investigation that I’ve not disclosed, that I’m unable to disclose right now, and if any of the information that comes up during the investigation rises to a level of criminal behavior or criminal conduct, then we’ll address it appropriately.”

There is a new state law requiring departments train officers on their “duty to intervene,” if they see another officer using excessive force.

Chief Rosa says Sunrise already has policies requiring intervening and de-escalation.

Chief Rosa: “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, and 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.”

And while the department does realize the public is going to want to see and hear all of the video for themselves, the chief offers this:

Chief Rosa: “I’m not releasing the audio at this moment in time. However, once the investigation is done, I’m committed to being completely open and transparent and everything will be released.”

We looked into Sgt. Pullease’s internal affairs history with Sunrise Police. He had two allegations of excessive use of force nearly 20 years ago. He was cleared on both.

As for this case, he is on desk duty and declined to comment through his union.

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“An Iniquitous Mishmash” At Your Service EP #26 is LIVE with Haber and Martinez

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Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia (left) with Hal Feldman.

It’s 2022 and still before the due date of March 1st. You owe it to yourself to make sure you are taking advantage of every property tax exemption possible. Over the years, you can save tens of thousands of dollars. I’ll start with the easiest exemption.

Homestead Exemption


Each year, January 1 through March 1, the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s office allows homeowners to file for Homestead Exemption. This valuable deduction is only for a homeowner’s primary residence and once you file, it automatically renews each year. The exemption provides a $25,000 in assessed value for all taxing authorities and another $25,000 to all tax authorities (except the School Board).

Homestead Exemption also provides an additional valuable benefit of capping the annual increase of an assessed value to 3 percent or the Consumer Price Index (CPI), whichever is lower. Over a few years, this can save a homeowner a ton of money. Just looking at 2021 where some property values increased by more than 20 percent, those Homestead Exempt properties will only see an increase in their property taxes of 1.7 percent (the 2021 CPI rate). And, just like bank interest, capping each year can have a compounding and impressive effect on your tax saving over the years.

So, for brand new homeowners or those who moved to Florida from other areas, it is critical that you file for Homestead Exemption to start your years of tax savings! You can file online at: miamidade.gov/PaPortal/AutoOnlineFile/ExemptionOnlineMainMenu.aspx

Other Exemptions


If you are already a Florida homeowner, you might have turned 65 during 2021. If so, don’t forget to take advantage of the Senior Citizen Exemption! Savings vary based on your personal situation, but they can be significant. Further, if you are 65+ and lived in the same home for more than 25 years, you would be eligible for a Long-Term Resident Senior Citizen Exemption.

If you are deployed military, have a disability, are a disabled first responder, are a widow/widower, you have some property tax exemptions you can file for as well.

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser, Pedro Garcia, sat down with me on January 6 on “The MiamiHal Real Estate Show” at the Miami’s Community Newspaper Studios to explain all of this and more in detail. You can watch this show at: miamihal.com/the-miamihal-real-estate-show/2022/1/6/episode-47

Beyond Exemptions


There are even more savings for homeowners in Florida who want to upsize, downsize or just move within the State. Known as portability, property owners with Homestead Exemption and an accumulated SOH Cap can apply to transfer (or “Port”) the SOH Cap value (up to $500,000) to a new homestead property. This application is known as the “Transfer of Homestead Assessment Difference”, and the annual deadline to file for this benefit and any other property tax exemption is March 1st.

Portability allows you to bring the years of accumulated property tax savings along with you (at least a percentage thereof) and it is meant to provide Floridians the freedom to choose the best housing for their situation without losing the tax standing they have earned over the years of being in Florida.

The detailed explanation is longer than this article space allows, so I point you to this article on my website: miamihal.com/hals-blog/2009/10/13/property-tax-saving-mechanisms-for-floridians.html

The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office is run more like a business than a governmental office. It allows Pedro Garcia to promise true customer service. During my show, he promised any Miami-Dade County resident that his office will answer your questions via phone on that call or get you a response within one business day. The Miami-Dade Property Appraiser’s Office phone number is 305-375-4712 and the very helpful website is at miamidade.gov/pa/home.asp

One word of warning to heed. Garcia mentioned that the County is looking for people who are looking to defraud the State of due taxes. Penalties are stiff and his office has powerful automated tools to detect violators. “Some people make honest mistakes when initially filing or they fail to report a change that effects their eligibility,” said Pedro Garcia. “We’ll work with those people. But outright purposeful fraud will not be tolerated.”

When used right, the property tax exemptions are an incredible benefit to homeowners. Make sure you take advantage!

Real Estate Update


As of 1/7/22, there were only 64 properties for sale in Pinecrest, 27 homes pending sale and 4.2 months of inventory. This is still a Seller’s market, but not forever! If you’re ready to move, get the best local expertise, truthful guidance and realistic expectations. It’s easy to get started at miamihal.com/getstarted. I invite you to view past episodes of my The MiamiHal Real Estate Show at miamihal.com/the-miamihal-real-estate-show to hear from experts and get the latest real estate news.

Hal Feldman (MiamiHal) is a Realtor with RE/MAX Advance Realty. You can contact him with your story ideas or real estate questions at www.MiamiHal.com, Hal@MiamiHal.com or www.facebook.com/MiamiHal


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