Seahawks news: Michael Bennett accuses Vegas PD of excessive force; video of incident surfaces
Following the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26, Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks was detained by Las Vegas police after what sounded like shooting broke out on the Vegas strip. The veteran defensive end claims there was excessive force shown by Las Vegas police while he was being handcuffed for a crime he did not commit.
Bennett was absolutely livid about the treatment from the police in Las Vegas and is considering taking legal action with a civil rights lawsuit.
The 31-year-old took to Twitter with the following statement about what went on in Las Vegas last month.
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
Shortly after Bennett released this statement on Twitter, a video of the incident from Aug. 26 emerged, via TMZ Sports.
Although nothing before Bennett being handcuffed can be seen, the Seahawks player can be heard saying, “I wasn’t doing nothing, man…They told us to get out. Everybody ran.”
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department responded to Bennett’s statement by sending out the following tweet on Sept. 6.
Reference a statement made by Michael Bennett, this case is under investigation. Reserve judgment. We will address this publicly today.
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) September 6, 2017
With the investigation now underway and Bennett potentially pursuing legal action, the one-time Super Bowl champion, who has been adamant about his national anthem protest, will gear up for the Seahawks’ Week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers this weekend.
All eyes will likely be on Bennett and his teammates as the national anthem gets underway at Lambeau Field on Sunday as this latest incident will shed more light on the debate about injustice in this country.