The National Football League (NFL) on Thursday, September 7, say that it will not investigate the claims of excessive force made by the Seattle Seahawks star defensive lineman Michael Bennett against the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
“There is no allegation of a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy and therefore there is no basis for an NFL investigation,” league spokesperson Brian McCarthy stated in an email to the Centrio News.
Detective Steve Grammas, the president of the Las Vegas Metro Police Protective Association, authored a letter earlier on Thursday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting for an investigation into the Seahawks defensive end’s “obvious false allegations.” The Las Vegas Police Union represents the Metro officers.
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“We hope you will take appropriate action against Michael Bennett,” said Detective Steve Grammas, President of Las Vegas Metro Police Protective Association.
Michael Bennett posted a letter on the popular social media Twitter on Wednesday morning, September 6, accusing the LVMPD officers of using excessive force and threatening to fire a gun shot towards his head when he was detained for 10 minutes in the morning of August 27.
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“Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 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 on Twitter.
According to the letter from the LVMPD president, the Metro officers “had reasonable suspicion” to chase him, capture and imprison the defensive end until the LVMPD could determine whether he was involved in a shooting incident.
“Michael Bennett’s claim that our officers are racists is false and offensive to the men and women of law enforcement,” Grammas said in a letter.
Grammas could not immediately be reached for an opinion on the NFL’s response on Thursday afternoon.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill also has denied race played a major or any role in Michael Bennett’s detainment, which took place a few hours after the Mayweather-McGregor boxing fight on the Las Vegas Strip.
The former Texas A&M star Bennett was inside The Cromwell when LVMPD officer received a false report of gunshots. Parts of the casino and Drai’s Beachclub and Nightclub were evacuated and the police officers said the sound of sculptures falling on a tile floor had been mistaken for a gunshots. The Metro police officers spotted Bennett hunched behind a gaming machine, according to the LVMPD. When the authorities saw the professional American football player, he ran outside and jumped a wall into traffic.
Both officers who dealt with the NFL athlete had their handguns drawn. Bennett was handcuffed and detained for about 10 minutes, the LVMPD spokesperson said.
The officer who handcuffed Bennett did not have his body camera turned on at the time, but McMahill said at least 126 video clips from other multiple sources captured the particular scene of the event.
Bennett’s letter on Twitter, which went viral on social media and amassed media attention, prompted the Mas Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to open an internal investigation about the incident.