Michael Bennett Alleges Las Vegas Police Used “Unbearable” Excessive Force

Recently, Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Michael Bennett got really candid about the injustice and inequality he experienced while in Las Vegas during the weekend of the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. In the unlawful incident, the football player claims the Las Vegas police department used excessive force.

On Wednesday (Sept. 6), Bennett posted about the incident that happened during fight night last month in Las Vegas. He gave a detailed retelling of what happened after the August 26 fight when he left the venue with some friends and pedestrians started running after what sounded like gunshots began ringing out.

Bennett was detained by two Las Vegas police officers that believed he was aggressive and one of the two officers allegedly had a gun pointed at him.


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Additionally, Bennett claims that one of the officers threatened to blow his head off. “I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is simply the right thing to do,” Bennett wrote in his personal essay posted to Instagram.

“This fact is unequivocally, without question why before every game, I sit during the national anthem — because equality doesn’t live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a ‘n*****,’ you will be treated that way,” he continued.

After police learned who Bennett was, they released the pro athlete from their custody.

Shortly after Bennett posted his testimonial to social media, Colin Kaepernick vocalized his support of Bennett, who in the past has supported his national anthem protest. Kaepernick tweeted, “This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people.”

According to ESPN, police officer Jacinto Rivera stated that the Las Vegas police department are currently searching for police reports and footage to support Bennett’s side of what happened that night.

Photo Credit: Michael Bennett/Instagram

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