Brian Thomas reports body cam footage was released of a police incident with an NFL player:
Michael Bennett was in Las Vegas to see the Mayweather-Mcgregor fight when the crowd heard what sounded like a gunshot.
Bennett claimed he was singled out in the crowd by police for “being a black man.” Bennett was detained shortly by police and was promptly released.
“Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Bennett tweeted.
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
Video of the incident tells another story.
Police have more video in the Michael Bennett take down incident. pic.twitter.com/3COp5gDDR3
— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) September 30, 2017
— Craig Fiegener (@CraigNews3LV) September 29, 2017
Young Conservatives reports that “the officers were two Hispanic officers and one black officer who dealt with Bennett.”
Police claim that video does not support Bennet’s claims, and that he was detained because he ran “with purpose” as officers commanded to stop.
The Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro says Michael Bennett’s allegations against the officers involved are “false and defamatory.”
The full letter can be read below:
“Dear Commissioner Goodel:
On behalf of the rank and file members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, I request that you conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett’s obvious false allegations against our officers.
While the NFL may condone Bennett’s disrespect for our American Flag, and everything it symbolizes, we hope the League will not ignore Bennett’s false accusations against our police officers.
As you may know, Michael Bennett posted a Twitter message regarding his interaction with our officers.
Bennett wrote, “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Bennett’s message included additional comments, which we believe are false and defamatory.
We believe that a fair investigation will establish that our officers responded to one of the most dangerous calls a law enforcement officer can be assigned- an active shooter firing rounds in a crowded casino.
As our uniformed officers entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine. When officers turned towards Bennett, he bolted out of the casino, leaped over four (4) foot barrier wall, and hid from officers as he crouched close to the wall on the sidewalk.
I am sure that your attorney will tell you, our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting.
Our officers, who are both minorities, had the legal right, and obligation, to detain Bennett based upon the nature of the call and Bennett’s unusual and suspicious actions. Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was, “a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Michael Bennett’s claim that our officers are racists is false and offensive to the men and women of law enforcement. We hope you will take appropriate action against Michael Bennett. I am available to meet with you and will provide any other information you deem necessary.
Very truly yours,
LAS VEGAS METRQ POLICE PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION
– DETECTIVE STEVE GRAMMAS
An investigation is ongoing.
Blue Lives Matter reports:
What was made clear was that Bennett was not racially profiled, and the circumstances were explained to him after he was detained for only 10 minutes.
It possible, but appears unlikely from currently released video, that a second officer jammed their knee in his back. It is possible that an officer pointed their gun at his head and threatened to “blow his head off,” which wouldn’t be abnormal for an active shooter suspect; an investigation will verify or contradict these claims.
It appears that Bennett is going to deflect from his obvious lies to other irrelevant issues.
One issue being brought up is that the primary arresting officer did not have his body camera on.
To suggest that the body camera not being on somehow implies evidence of Bennett’s claims means that you would have to assume that the officer made a conscious decision to leave his body camera off while going to an active shooter call, explicitly for the reason that he wanted to racially profile somebody. It’s a claim that defies all reason.
[…] Over 120 cameras captured the incident (it’s Las Vegas) and are being reviewed.
Blue Lives Matter calls it “inexplicable” that several media sources which originally covered to story have ignored updates by Metro.