Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett claimed this week that Las Vegas police officers put a gun to his head and threatened to shoot him following a boxing event for no other reason than his skin color.
Las Vegas Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill responded to the claim, saying the police are reviewing what happened, but denied that race played a factor in the incident.
Bennett explained in a letter he shared on Twitter on Wednesday that he was leaving the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas following the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight on Aug. 26, when he and several other hundred people began running after hearing sounds resembling gun shots.
As he was running, the NFL star explained, Las Vegas police 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.”
“A police officer ordered me to get on the ground,” the Seahawks player said.
“As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would ‘blow my [expletive] head off.’ Terrified and confused by what was taking place, a second Officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back making it difficult for me to breathe. They then cinched the handcuffs on my wrists so tight that my fingers went numb.”
Bennett described his feelings of helplessness and terror during the ordeal, saying that his life “flashed before my eyes.”
He alleged that police ignored his pleas and refused to tell him why he was being arrested. Eventually they released him after they realized he was “not a thug, common criminal, ordinary black man, but Michael Bennett, a famous professional football player.”
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Source: Christian Post