NFL Star Michael Bennett Accuses Police of Excessive Force and Racial Profiling

Defensive end Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks was in Las Vegas after the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor when shots reportedly were fired near Drai’s nightclub at the Cromwell casino. Las Vegas police quickly responded at the scene.

Mr. Bennett claims that officers used excessive force when the police briefly detained and handcuffed him, allegedly at gunpoint. He is currently considering whether or not he should file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Las Vegas Police Department. According to Bennett, police singled him out and took aim with their weapons for “nothing more than being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Unsurprisingly, Las Vegas police had a different take on the incident.

However, before we jump to any conclusions in this matter, we should know a bit more about the parties involved. Michael Bennett is a political activist who plays professional football, not just some innocent bystander caught in the crossfire between the police and armed criminals. Bennett supports the Black Lives Matter movement, even after five police officers in Dallas were assassinated during a “peaceful” Black Lives Matter protest.

He’s another NFL player who sits in protest to the National Anthem.

In the interview above, Bennett implies that Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were innocent victims gunned down because black lives don’t matter — one of many myths promoted by advocates of black racism.

Mr. Bennett also said in that interview,

We were slaves for 400 years.

…which is interesting mathematics, because the Jamestown colony was founded in 1607 and the Civil War ended in 1865, and the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was ratified in December of that same year. Now if Mr. Bennett is talking about slavery worldwide, I hate to break the news to him, but slavery has been going on for a lot longer than 400 years — it’s been going on for millennia.

Innocent people of every age, race, creed, and color have been victimized, not just blacks originally from Africa. For that matter, slavery still exists today. If Mr. Bennett vehemently opposes the idea of slavery as much as he implies in interviews, then he should join the voices of opposition to the disgusting business known as domestic minor sex trafficking.

As a brief aside, it is quite interesting to note that Mr. Bennett is rewarded handsomely by his employers. He’s paid more than $3o million dollars for three years, for playing a violent game at great risk to his personal health.

By comparison, the median salary for a Las Vegas police officer is approximately $55,000 per year.

I’m pretty sure that’s less money than Mr. Bennett earns for one play.

If I could find the statistics for how many plays Bennett participated in last year, I’d do the math and we would know for sure.

At any rate, Mr. Bennett and the police agree that people heard what sounded like shots being fired and that started a general panic. However, their respective accounts of what happened in the aftermath begin to differ almost immediately. According to Mr. Bennett, he was singled out from the crowd because he is a very large black man, and the police profiled and harassed him because of his race.

It is also interesting to note that he claims that he was running from the sound of the shots when the police apprehended him. Conversely, the police were running toward the sound of the gunfire. They were willing to place their own lives in jeopardy to protect or save innocent victims from a potential lunatic with a gun.

Naturally, the account provided to reporters by police differs quite a bit from Mr. Bennett’s. The officers on the scene (who were Hispanic, not Caucasian) first noticed Mr. Bennett “crouching down behind a gaming machine” as the they approached. They claimed that Bennett didn’t attempt to flee the scene until after uniformed police had arrived. His behavior was deemed suspicious, so he was briefly detained until the police could properly identify him and determine he was an innocent bystander. But the officers at the scene would have to have been pretty stupid to approach an alleged active-shooter situation without their weapons drawn.

Although Mr. Bennett had every right to have been frightened if a gun was pointed at him, he apparently doesn’t have any sort of legitimate civil rights complaint.

Eight officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have been shot and killed in the line of duty since 1978. Those men and women killed during the performance of their job had every right to go safely home to their families, just like Mr. Bennett. But because Mr. Bennett’s life does matter, brave police officers were willing to put their own lives at risk.

Now there’s some gratitude for you.


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John Leonard

John lives in the northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA with his wife Lisa, two dogs and an antisocial cat.

His detective novels are published under the pseudonym Rocky Leonard, while his nonfiction writings may be found here at The Resurgent, or his personal website, depending on the subject.

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