In late August, Michael Bennett, defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks claimed his life was in danger because racist cops wanted to kill him following the suspected shooting at the Mayweather & McGregor fight.
Yet according to Breitbart, Las Vegas Metro Police Department publicly revealed the body camera footage of one of the officers involved with the incident that disproves many of his claims. The video revealed the allegedly racist cops were, in fact, minority officers who detained Bennett after he attempted to hide from officers and fled the scene.
Breitbart reports Bennett’s view of the incident in a lengthy statement on Twitter in which he claims “The Officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable. I felt helpless as I lay on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed. All I could think of was “I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.’ My life flashed before my eyes as I thought of my girls. Would I ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her I love her.”
He claimed that after officers pushed him to the ground with a gun to his head they threatened “to blow my f***ing head off.”
Yet the body cam on one of the officers and casino security footage reveals a very different story. After the gunshots during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor Mcgregor fight, police were scrambling to find and identify the shooter. While most in the casino were immobile, Bennett was running through the casino in a crouch, seemingly avoiding the roaming officers.
When police spotted Bennett fleeing the scene, they confronted him for his suspicious behavior and one of the officers cuffed him. There were no guns drawn and certainly none aimed at Bennett’s head. The officers forced a distraught and uncooperative Bennett into the nearby police cruiser for questioning.
When Bennett failed to have ID on him, they identified him using the internet and released him when they discovered he was not involved in the shooting in any way. They apologized and explained they had detained Bennett for his suspicious behavior.
According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, the officers involved in the incident acted “appropriately and professionally.”
Nothing in the body cam footage showed that Bennett was the victim of racial profiling and his life was in danger because of the color of his skin. He was merely apprehended by police who were conducting an active shooting investigation and saw a man feeling the scene while seemingly avoiding the officers.
After Bennet’s false claims, the Las Vegas Police Union called upon the NFL to look into Bennett’s “false and offensive claims” but the NFL adamantly declined.
Many millionaire athletes in the NFL claim they are protesting systemic racism in the United States. Do you believe there is systemic racism in our country’s institutions?
It’s unclear if Bennet’s false and exaggerated claims were what he sincerely believed was happening in the moment, if he was embarrassed by the incident and didn’t want to look bad, or if it was his sick, twisted way of adding fuel to the fight against supposed racial injustice in the US.
In any case, the video footage clearly shows that Bennett was lying about the incident. The officers involved were behaving professionally and appropriately, and Bennett clearly needs to issue an apology to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for his offensive racism claims.