On Wednesday afternoon, Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman tweeted a statement (contains NSFW language) regarding an incident with the Las Vegas police department on August 26th. Bennett accuses the police of using excessive force after handcuffing him and pointing guns at him.
Bennett states that the incident occurred after the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing match, where there were gunshots heard in the area after the fight. He stated that he was running from the area after he heard the gunshots, and he was then surrounded by police before apprehending him. Bennett believes this occurred because he was “being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
According to Bennett, he was told to go on the ground by the police. He then had an officer come up behind him with his gun drawn, saying that if Bennett moved, he would “blow my (Bennett’s) f—— head off.”
Bennett said that he was “terrified and confused by what was taking place.” After being put into a police vehicle for what Bennett described as an eternity, he was released after not being told by the police what had happened.
The Las Vegas police department has said that the incident is currently under investigation. Bennett has hired Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burris to explore the legal options regarding the incident.
There was a video released later Wednesday afternoon by TMZ, showing Bennett being handcuffed on the ground, while he was telling the police officer that “I wasn’t doing nothing man! I was here with my friends! They told us to get out, everybody ran!”
Bennett has been in the news recently because of his protests during the national anthem prior to games. In his statement, Bennett said he has “held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do.”
The Las Vegas police department will address Bennett’s statement publicly later Wednesday afternoon.