The Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is accusing the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) of racial profiling and using an excessive force, and now the police union is accusing the professional American football player of false allegations and defamatory.
In a letter to the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Las Vegas police officers’ union president, Detective Steve Grammas, requested that the NFL is conducting an investigation, it will take suitable action, into Michael Bennett’s evident false accusations against the LVMPD officers.
The letter says that the Las Vegas police officers who stopped Michael Bennett did so because the defensive end acted in a skeptical behaviors when the cops were called regarding a shooting. The LVMPD union denied that the race played a major role in the decision to detain the Pro Bowler.
“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 suspicions actions,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department union letter to NFL commissioner reads. “Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was, ‘a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.’” The letter also include an unrelated shot at “Bennett’s disrespect for our American flag, and everything it symbolizes.”
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The formal complaint letter does not deny Michael Bennett’s claim that the LVMPD officer pointed a firearm towards him and threatened to “blow my head off.” However, the police officer had his body camera turned off at the time of the incident.
The LVMPD Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said in a press conference on Wednesday, September 6, that defensive end Michael Bennett had taken cover behind a gaming machine at a casino resorts in Las Vegas and was arrested after running away from police officers who were conducting a second sweep of the location. The LVMPD is conducting an investigation into the incident.