Liberals, racists, and pretty much anyone who’s looking for 15 minutes of fame have had a lot of success pitting themselves against the police. Anyone who doesn’t flaunt a creamy white complexion finds it within their prerogative to say that police are “racists” if they are arrested or detained in any way. This is the case with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett when he was detained in Las Vegas. The football player published an open letter outlining how he believed himself to be racially-profiled by officers who detained him for about 10 minutes, after he fled when they moved toward him.
Bennet is citing the facts of the case supporting that theory to be; he wasn’t engaged in criminal activity, he’s black, he was detained, the officers who cuffed him didn’t have his body camera on and he felt scared. That being said, the incident was captured by over 20 cameras and all of that is being reviewed. Here’s the letter that Bennet enthusiastically posted on Twitter about his horrific “racist encounter” in its entirety:
On Saturday, August 26, 2017 was in Las Vegas to attend the Mayweather-McGregor fight on my day off. After the fight while heading back to my hotel several hundred people heard what sounded like gunshots.
Like many of the people in the area 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.
A police officer ordered me to get on the ground. As laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if moved he would “blow my fucking 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.
The Officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable. I felt helpless as lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed. All could think of was “I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.’
My life flashed before my eyes as thought of my girls. Would ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her love her?
I kept asking the Officers “What did I do?” and reminding them that I had rights they were duty bound to respect.
The Officers ignored my pleas and instead told me to shut up and then took me to the back of a nearby police car where sat for what felt like an eternity until they apparently realized was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man but Michael Bennett a famous professional football player.
After confirming my identity, I was ultimately released without any legitimate justification for the Officers’ abusive conduct.
I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do.
This fact is unequivocally, without question why before every game, 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 “Nigger,” you will be treated that way.
The system failed me. I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Charleena Lyles felt.
I have retained Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burris to investigate and explore all my legal options including filing a civil rights lawsuit for the violation of my constitutional rights.
While that emotional appeal might be getting some traction in the world of bleeding hearts and race baiters, let’s take a closer look at what happened. According to Blue Lives Matter, the incident in question happened when officers were responding to reports of gunfire on Aug 26 at about 1:30am. The officers who are being accused of racially profiling and targeting Bennet because of his skin color were emptying the casino floor and looking for the possible shooter.
They found Bennet as they made their way toward the nightclub, crouched behind a machine and he took off running when he saw them. Of course, there’s no way to know who is doing what in the middle of a dangerous situation like that, but hiding, and then running when you see police isn’t something that innocent people tend to do.
Bennet then jumped a barrier and ran into traffic. Two officers (who, it seem worth mentioning, are both Hispanic) detained him until the situation could be sorted out. Despite the fact that Bennett never did file that complaint and LVPD didn’t actually believe the officers to have done anything wrong, they still launched an internal investigation, just in case.
They did, however, petition the NFL to do their own investigation into the player who’s blatant lie against their officers was past disrespectful and downright disgusting. Here’s what the Las Vegas Metro Police Department is asking the NFL to do about their less than delightful player:
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