NFL’er Michael Bennett Prepping Lawsuit Against Police
Michael Bennett is planning to sue the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, according to a report. As previously reported, on August 27th the NFL’er was detained at gunpoint during an investigation into a possible shooting at a Las Vegas hotel. Michael has obtained a lawyer, John Burris, and is said to be taking legal action. Speaking about the incident, the NFL star says,
I’m just thinking in my head, there’s like, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people that have been through this. I’m terrified. I’m literally just, like, worried if I make the wrong decision … if I move too fast, if I twitch, and somebody says I’m resisting … because I’m a big guy, you know what I’m saying?
Bennett was at a Las Vegas casino on Aug. 27 when he heard people panicking and saying they heard gunfire in the vicinity. Bennett described the scene as “chaos,” saying he ran to the door and leapt over a ledge when he saw police officers, who he says then accosted him with force and singled him out based on the color of his skin. Bennett said in those moments he thought about his family.
I was thinking about my kids, was like, ‘I need to get home, I need to make sure I’m back with my wife … I don’t want to leave her alone with these three girls.’
The Las Vegas Police Department denied claims of racial profiling, but said Bennett was seen running and acting suspiciously. No additional details about the lawsuit have been released.