LAS VEGAS (FOX5) –
Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett said he was racially profiled on the Las Vegas Strip by Metro authorities.
Bennett said he pertained to Las Vegas to go to the Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor battle on Aug. 26. While he was heading back to his hotel after the fight, he said “numerous hundred people heard exactly what seemed like weapon shots” and they ran from the noise.
On Aug. 27, Metro police verified to FOX5 that officers reacted to reports of a shooting and altercation inside Drai’s bar. Police said a fight took place and a few large statues were overturned, which caused numerous to panic believing there was shooting. Authorities said no shots were fired. The event happened roughly 3 hours after the boxing match ended. Arriving officers said they encountered countless people running and shouting from The Crowell.
In a declaration posted on Twitter, Bennett declared Metro law enforcement officer singled him out and pointed their guns at him for refraining from doing anything.
He said a police officer ordered him to the ground and the officer positioned a gun near his head, warning him that if he moved he would “blow my (curse) avoid.” He included, a 2nd officer came over and jammed his knee into his back making it tough for him to breathe. Then he said the officer put handcuffs on him so tight that his fingers went numb.
TMZ obtained video of the occurrence, that was shot right beyond Drai’s club.
He said he continued to ask the officer what he did but stated the officer disregarded him and took him to the patrol car. Bennett stated he was eventually released “with no legitimate justification.”
Bennett said Metro’s “excessive usage of force was unbearable” and while laying on the flooring all he might believe was “I’m going to die for no other factor than I am black and my skin color is in some way a threat.”
Bennett said he retained civil liberties lawyer John Burris to examine the event and check out any legal alternatives.
FOX5 connected to City cops, and the department reacted publicly in a tweet before holding a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Recommendation a statement made by Michael Bennett, this case is under examination. Reserve judgment. We will resolve this openly today.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD)
September 6, 2017 Throughout a press conference with the police department, Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill stated as officers cleared the casino they saw a man, later on determined as Bennett bent down by a maker. He ultimately ranged from the gambling establishment and leapt over a wall towards the street. City officers chased Bennett, thinking he might have been associated with the occurrence at the bar and yelled at him to stop, but cops stated he continued to move.
Police safely left “clients of all races,” McMahill said. Including, there is “no proof that race contributed in this incident.”
McMahill stated he did unknown why law enforcement officer believed Bennett may have been associated with the event, adding it is under investigation.
Bennett was apprehended for approximately 10 minutes, McMahill said. A supervisor explained the occurrence to Bennett who supposedly informed officers he had no problems with the incident besides an officer putting a weapon to his head.
McMahill confirmed the officers both had their weapons out however they are investigating the claims that an officer pointed it at his head and said he would blow his avoid. Bennett was not armed.
McMahill stated the very first he became aware of the incident was when he saw a TMZ video published online together with the statement on Bennett’s Twitter page. The department opened an internal investigation without Bennett’s problem.
Throughout journalism conference, McMahill asked Bennett to submit his complaint to the internal affairs department at City.
City asking Bennett and his Attorney to call internal affairs to send an official statement
— Eric Hilt FOX5 (@ericmhilt)
September 6, 2017 McMahill stated there are 126 videos connected with this event that they need to evaluate. He stated the “detaining officer did not trigger his individual body camera,” so it can not be evaluated. If the examination reveals that the officers were in infraction of department policies they will be held accountable. The work status of the officers involved in the occurrence has not altered.
LVMPD: department found out of Bennett’s allegations this morning and an examination was introduced. There are 126 videos to review
— Eric Hilt FOX5 (@ericmhilt)
September 6, 2017 McMahill asked the general public to send out the department video if they have anything from the night of the incident. Any video that can assist with the investigation can be sent to the internal affairs department. The department can be reached by phone at 702-828-3111.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll resolved the event throughout the team’s press conference on Wednesday. Carroll said he is thankful that Bennett is safe and the team stands with him. He added, Bennett was really psychological the morning after the incident and Bennett is working on ways to take the next action.
Bennett also addressed the media on Wednesday, calling the incident a “distressing experience.”
“Do I think every authorities deal is bad? No,” Bennett stated. “Do I think that there are some people out there that judge them based upon the color of their skin? Yes, I think that.”
Bennett stated he is sharing his experience since there are a great deal of individuals who did not live to share theirs, citing Philando Castile and Trayvon Martin adding, he is “lucky to be here today.”
A reporter asked if he had spoken with the Las Vegas cops department and he said he is letting his legal group and representatives “take care of it.”
Bennett did not go into detail on exactly what took place prior to the incident and stated he is focused on the task at hand, which is the video game.
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