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Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Bennett alleges police brutality in Vegas incident

Bennett alleges police brutality in Vegas incident

The union representing Los Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers has issued a letter to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell requesting an investigation into Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

In a letter written by Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, he asks NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate and "take approrpriate action" against Michael.

Bennett posted a Twitter account early Wednesday saying police singled him out as he was running from a sharp sound following the August 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has launched their own investigation, but Care2 members say the officers should be swiftly fired. He said a police officer ordered him to the ground, pointed a gun at his head and told him not to move or he would "blow my [expletive] head off". That exchange is not in the video. The defensive lineman has hired a civil rights attorney and is considering filing a lawsuit against the LVMPD. "No, I don't believe that", Bennett said. "Once Bennett was in the officers' view, he quickly ran out of the south doors, jumped over a wall onto Flamingo Road east of Las Vegas Boulevard into traffic. So, it's pretty good to have so much family coming to town this weekend, being able to see him and have dinner with him and talk to him and different things like that - and then go out there and try to kick his ass". After waiting in the vehicle for what "felt like an eternity", according to Bennett, they released him without any justification for the officers' conduct. "I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Charleena Lyles felt", all Black men and women who died at the hands of police or vigilante violence within the last four years.

To get away from that dilemma, Florio feels that the league as a whole should end the anthem protests and replace them with league wide, overt activism. "Bennett, during a brief appearance Wednesday at the Seahawks" practice facility in Renton, Washington, described the incident as "traumatic" but declined to go into specifics about it. Police said later Thursday that a supervisor explained what happened to Bennett after he was initially detained, and also noted Bennett did not file a formal complaint with the department.

"It sucks that (in) the country that we live in now, sometimes you get profiled for the color of your skin, and it's a tough situation for me", Bennett said. "We think there was an unlawful detention and the use of excessive force, with a gun put to his head", Burris told The Associated Press. "He wasn't resisting. He did nothing more or less than anyone in the crowd".

Martellus Bennett talked to reporters about the incident on Wednesday and eventually began crying again, saying he just wanted to give his brother a hug on Sunday.

"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", Grammas wrote. Last month, he announced he would not stand for the national anthem, citing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. - a move he took from former 49er Colin Kaeprnick, who caused a firestorm of controversy when he first starting sitting during the anthem to protest how people of color are treated by police in the United States.

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