|A Florida police sergeant has been relieved of his supervisory responsibilities and is under investigation after he was filmed grabbing an officer by her throat, according to officials.|
Sunrise police shared body camera video of the Nov. 19 incident with NBC News, but the footage was muted with faces blurred, except for the sergeant's.
Police officers were arresting a "verbally and physically resistive" suspect, accused of a violent felony, when the unidentified sergeant arrived and became aggressive with him, Sunrise Police Chief Anthony W. Rosa said in a statement.
The sergeant engaged in a verbal altercation with the suspect sitting inside a patrol vehicle and â€œescalatedâ€ the encounter, according to the chief.
The police body camera footage showed the sergeant ducking his head inside the patrol vehicle to talk to the suspect and holding a can of pepper spray, though he did not deploy it.
Rosa called the sergeant's behavior â€œinappropriate and unprofessionalâ€ and said he â€œunnecessarily elevated the demeanor of the suspect."
A concerned officer ran toward the sergeant and pulled him by the back of his duty belt, Rosa said. Posted By Ghost