Seattle Seahawks lineman Michael Bennett charges that “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.”
Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett may file a civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas Metro Police, alleging he was the victim of excessive force after last month’s Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Bennett said he was handcuffed and threatened by officers after running away with others from what sounded like gunshots. “A police officer ordered me to get on the ground,” Bennett said. “As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands not to move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would ‘blow my (expletive) head off.’ Terrified and confused by what was taking place, a second officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back making it difficult for me to breathe. They then cinched the handcuffs on my wrists so tight that my fingers went numb.”
Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said police were responding to an active-shooter call when Bennett, who was crouching near a gaming machine, took off running. An officer chased Bennett outside and over a wall, where he was taken into custody. He was detained for about 10 minutes before he was released, McMahill said. Bennett said he was returning to his hotel room when he heard what sounded like gunshots. It was later determined no shots were fired and the sound came from large statues that were knocked over during a fight at a nightclub. “Like many of the people in the area I ran away from the sound, looking for safety. 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 said.