Las Vegas police union complains to Goodell about Michael Bennett

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Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is accusing the Las Vegas police of racial profiling and excessive force, and now the police union is accusing Bennett of false accusations.

In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the police officers’ union president, Detective Steve Grammas, requested that the league “conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett’s obvious false allegations against our officers.”

The letter says the officers who stopped Bennett did so because he acted in a suspicious manner when the officers were called about a shooting. The union denied that race played a role in the decision to detain Bennett.

“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 letter says. “Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was, ‘a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.'”

The letter does not deny Bennett’s claim that the officer pointed a gun at him and threatened to “blow my f—ing head off.” The officer had his body camera turned off at the time of the incident.

122 responses to “Las Vegas police union complains to Goodell about Michael Bennett

  1. Forget about Bennett – everyone knows he’s a blowhard. They should be complaining to Goodell about GOODELL! The fool already announced the league is all-in behind Bennett. Apparently they don’t need any facts to make that leap.

  2. Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?

  3. “The officer had his body camera turned off at the time of the incident.”
    Funny how often this happens, why have body cams if they can be turned off? In more cases it actually helps the cops, when the camera is on.

  4. I saw the picture Bennett posted today. To me, that looks like a taser, not a firearm. Now- I can understand it’s hard for Bennett to tell at night, and he doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head. Also, if that’s what the cop actually said, then Bennett would be taking the cops own word. However, the picture clearly looks like as a taser.

  5. If they want the truth, then they really shouldn’t want Roger to start an investigation. They never ends well. And since he has already supported Bennett, it won’t turn out good for the police, especially with his history of disregarding police investigations.

  6. Why would you turn your body cameras off when stopping a suspect under suspicion of a shooting? There is no way to tell who is telling the truth now.

  7. The letter does not deny Bennett’s claim that the officer pointed a gun at him and threatened to “blow my f—ing head off.” The officer had his body camera turned off at the time of the incident.

    ———–

    A recently released video from LVPD shows an officer pointing a taser at Bennett.

  8. Body cams turned off has a stench to it

    Can’t believe with all the security cams in Vegas more viddo hasn’t come out that would confirm what happened onexway or the other

  9. Funny how any time a police officer does anything the minorities get up in arms over it but a much larger problem of crimes against minorities by other minorities is never brought up. hmmmm

  10. Police have been targeting minorities for years. That isn’t even debatable. Police departments have always been bubbles of racism and in recent years, they’re more upfront and open about their racism. And under the current administration in the White House, things will only get worse.

  11. ringheadcrusher says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    Forget about Bennett – everyone knows he’s a blowhard. They should be complaining to Goodell about GOODELL! The fool already announced the league is all-in behind Bennett. Apparently they don’t need any facts to make that leap.

    …..goodell didn’t need facts for Elliot either so at least he is consistent.

  12. metitometin says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Police have been targeting minorities for years. That isn’t even debatable. Police departments have always been bubbles of racism and in recent years, they’re more upfront and open about their racism. And under the current administration in the White House, things will only get worse.
    _______________
    Just stop. The black rate of committing homicide is well over 5 times their percentage of the population (and was under the 8 years of President Obama). What isn’t “debatable” is there is a problem in the black community with violent crime and this focus on police is just ignoring the real issue.

    #HardTruth

  13. If this was Larry Fitzgerald or another boy-scout, people would immediately say the cops are lying. Because it’s Bennett, a guy that’s easy to hate, you all assume he’s at fault.

    We’ll probably never get the full truth of the matter.

  14. WHOOPS! Sorry Roger, but I’m afraid you are now going to have to spend a few million and about a year investigating this matter that is CERTAINLY “detrimental to the league”… Do you see it yet, Roger?? Do you see the can of worms you have opened and the outrageous error of your ways?

  15. im not taking sides and we will probably never know the whole truth.

    but i will say this

    the body Camera should NEVER be off.

    and if it is off? why should i believe the cop.

  16. What isn’t “debatable” is there is a problem in the black community with violent crime and this focus on police is just ignoring the real issue.

    And this is the reason we have protests… just because there is a problem with a criminal element (inner-city poor, who tend to be black, latino, or PWT), it is justifiable to treat all black people as “behaving suspiciously.”

    Your comment is the textbook definition of racism and I hope you can mature a bit and see this as less than a binary problem.

  17. I have been to that club a few times and cant understand why he was in the damn street? He had to jump the wall to gain access to the street. From the video there were plenty of people standing around but why did a guy who is 6’4 280lbs jump the wall to run down the street?

  18. It’s taken a year, but now we’re getting to the crux of this issue between the NFL players, the NFL team owners and the Police unions and fraternities.
    Kaepernick and the players are concerned about policing in the minority neighborhoods.
    The team owners in each city/county have really good relations with the local police and the fraternities that they don’t want disturbed.
    I suspect that this post will be deleted by the moderator, as have all the other posts where I bring up the subject.

  19. If the LVPU wanted to truly refute Bennett’s claim, they would not simply complain to Goodell. Rather, they would release the body-cam footage from each of the present officers to show exactly what happened. Stop writing letters to complain and start implementing transparency into every act taken. Show the footage.

  20. Dear Las Vegas Police,
    Cut to the chase – show ALL body camera film, not what you have “jury picked.” Most all who witnessed this know your officer used excessive force. Don’t try to act like your president by passing the buck on to someone else. You have simply delivered a poor excuse for your bad behavior – own up to it & enough already. You are making yourself look more foolish by the moment.

  21. Well since the body camera was conveniently turned off, we won’t know for sure if that threat ever happened. That’s obviously crucial. If it happened, then all bets are off on appropriate police action. If the only thing that happened is what the video shows, then it is possible that a person seen running from the scene of a shooting should be detained or at least it would be an understandable decision.

    The police didn’t deny the threat, which would be excessive for sure, and Bennett is credible. But there won’t likely be hard evidence.

    Also, As everyone knows that has read about the history of racial issues with police, it doesn’t matter that the officers were minorities. That doesn’t necessarily change racial profiling at all.

  22. Funny, does it explain their probable cause for picking one black man to arrest out of a huge crowd? They talk of “unusual and suspicious actions.” Wow, talk about their gut instinct being correct! Bennett has been charged with . . . oh wait, absolutely nothing. Nothing at all.

    Whoops, nothing to see here!

  23. “Just stop. The black rate of committing homicide…”

    Wow, that’s really not relevant. How many homicides has Michael Bennett been involved in? How many homicides were committed at the club that night?

  24. Irsay’s Bong says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    “The officer had his body camera turned off at the time of the incident.”
    Funny how often this happens, why have body cams if they can be turned off? In more cases it actually helps the cops, when the camera is on.
    ____________________________________________

    I have to say, as stupid as I find all this to be, this really bothers me. ANY cop with a body cam who has an altercation with a US citizen and the cam “isn’t on” should be summarily fired. There is no excuse for this.

    Body cams should be mandatory for every law enforcement officer in the field, and any time a case like this comes to light… Fire them.

  25. nyneal says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?

    ———–

    Racial profiling has nothing to do with whether the person doing the profiling is a minority or not.

  26. nflscouting says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:14 pm
    Dear Las Vegas Police,
    Cut to the chase – show ALL body camera film, not what you have “jury picked.” Most all who witnessed this know your officer used excessive force. Don’t try to act like your president by passing the buck on to someone else. You have simply delivered a poor excuse for your bad behavior – own up to it & enough already. You are making yourself look more foolish by the moment.

    “Most all”?? Please explain how you know this. The level of assumption here is frightening.

  27. Questions I would ask;

    What specifically was he doing that was suspicious? Is running from reported gunshots suspicious? What specific report of a crime did he suspect Bennett of?

    Did the officer engage in any conversation with Bennett before cuffing him??

    How many other people acting in the same suspicious manner were apprehended and cuffed? From the video I saw many patrons of the nightclub were fleeing. I have not read anything about how many other patrons were detained.

    From what I read the LVPD is offering very few facts to dispute what Bennett has said, that he was singled out and roughly physically detained. The race of the officer has nothing to do with it. The claim is that he was racially profiled. An officer of an race can do that.

    What the LVPD has offered is not enough to exonerate anyone, police or suspect.

  28. bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    nyneal says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?

    ———–

    Racial profiling has nothing to do with whether the person doing the profiling is a minority or not.

    And by every bit of evidence we have available it had nothing to do with this situation.

  29. Body camera functionality should not be controllable by the officer wearing the body camera. Period. So much of the speculation in these matters is completely preventable.

  30. LVPU needs to tell their officers to keep the cameras on. Why turn it off? What do you have to hide? There should be no off button (maybe a bathroom button, that goes off every couple of minutes till you turn it on) or anyway to erase. If he had the camera on, we wouldn’t be here right now.

  31. Well folks, in Vegas they are always watching…eyes in the sky everywhere you go. There will be plenty of security camera footage for review.

  32. DuallistOC says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm
    I have been to that club a few times and cant understand why he was in the damn street? He had to jump the wall to gain access to the street. From the video there were plenty of people standing around but why did a guy who is 6’4 280lbs jump the wall to run down the street?

    ————-

    Um… because there were shots fired? What does it matter how big he is. He’s not bulletproof.

  33. If you run from the scene of an alleged crime immediately after it happens, any cop on the scene will try to apprehend you, suspecting you are involved. Just common sense to me. That would apply regardless of skin color or gender, because, you immediately become a “person of interest”.

  34. metitometin says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm
    Police have been targeting minorities for years. That isn’t even debatable. Police departments have always been bubbles of racism and in recent years, they’re more upfront and open about their racism. And under the current administration in the White House, things will only get worse.

    **************************************************
    Well…..the officers were also minorities…….so…………

  35. I couldn’t agree more. Nothing to see here. Until I see proof that Bennett was the only black man there watching the fight, I’ll assume this was a case of the LVPD handling a potential shooter situation the best way they could.

    Because there’s never a GOOD way.

    We don’t even know what happened before they go Bennett on the ground. Did he disregard their demands to stop? Did he run from them?

    Apparently some here think the man was standing on the sidewalk drinking coffee, reading a newspaper and sucking his thumb when the big bad po po rolled up and slammed him to the ground.

    NOT buying it!!

  36. bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm
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    DuallistOC says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:10 pm
    I have been to that club a few times and cant understand why he was in the damn street? He had to jump the wall to gain access to the street. From the video there were plenty of people standing around but why did a guy who is 6’4 280lbs jump the wall to run down the street?
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    Um… because there were shots fired? What does it matter how big he is. He’s not bulletproof.

    ————-

    Further to that… after all the things that have happened inside concerts and clubs in the last two years, if I hear shots fired, I would be running away a breakneck speed as far away as I could go.

  37. Well instead of jumping to conclusions like Roger nor hiring an atty like Bennett I bet in a few days it will be very clear. I get that there shots, but why was Bennett running away & hiding? Bennett was crouched behind a gaming machine around 1:30 a.m. Aug. 27 as a group of officers conducted a second sweep of the casino floor searching for a possible shooter, McMahill said. When officers saw Bennett, he ran outside and jumped a wall into traffic, where he was detained, the undersheriff said.
    McMahill said officers thought Bennett may have been involved in the reported shooting.
    Body camera footage shows many people running from the casino during the chaotic evacuation. It is unclear why Bennett was chased, but that will be part of the investigation, McMahill said.

  38. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    nyneal says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?
    ———–
    Racial profiling has nothing to do with whether the person doing the profiling is a minority or not.

    And by every bit of evidence we have available it had nothing to do with this situation.

    ———

    We’ll no… that’s not true. Bennett’s account of what happen is evidence. I agree that at the moment, there isn’t any corroborating evidence from other eyewitnesses or the body camera (that was turned off).

  39. bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    Well since the body camera was conveniently turned off, we won’t know for sure if that threat ever happened. That’s obviously crucial. If it happened, then all bets are off on appropriate police action. If the only thing that happened is what the video shows, then it is possible that a person seen running from the scene of a shooting should be detained or at least it would be an understandable decision.

    The police didn’t deny the threat, which would be excessive for sure, and Bennett is credible. But there won’t likely be hard evidence.

    Also, As everyone knows that has read about the history of racial issues with police, it doesn’t matter that the officers were minorities. That doesn’t necessarily change racial profiling at all.
    ______________________

    Sure, Bull. “Everyone” who has ever read anything knows that. ppffffttttt I mean, I personally believe every word I read, doesn’t everyone?

    Enough with the absolutes. It’s childish.

  40. I saw the picture Bennett posted today. To me, that looks like a taser, not a firearm. Now- I can understand it’s hard for Bennett to tell at night, and he doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head. Also, if that’s what the cop actually said, then Bennett would be taking the cops own word. However, the picture clearly looks like as a taser.

    ———

    Didn’t the officer think he was the shooter ? Why the hell would you pull a taser in a gun fight ?

  41. Watch the Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield arrest video out of Fayetteville, AR. He had every chance to just shut up and comply with police and go home quietly that night. He couldn’t shut his mouth and then he decided to run. The police did their job. If you haven’t ever been in a situation that was chaotic but it was your job to control, don’t be too quick to judge police.

  42. Take it from a Pats fan; you definitely do not want Goodell doing an investigation, because they will lie and make stuff up to to play into their narrative.

  43. They can demand an investigation all they want although I don’t believe that making a claim that one (an NFL player) was racially profiled and violated by the police falls under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. They first need to make absolutely damn sure he (Bennett) wasn’t violated instead of asking for “help” from the NFL.

  44. rudywasoffsides says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    I saw the picture Bennett posted today. To me, that looks like a taser, not a firearm. Now- I can understand it’s hard for Bennett to tell at night, and he doesn’t have eyes in the back of his head. Also, if that’s what the cop actually said, then Bennett would be taking the cops own word. However, the picture clearly looks like as a taser.

    ———

    Didn’t the officer think he was the shooter ? Why the hell would you pull a taser in a gun fight ?

    Ferguson. You really needed to ask that question?

  45. Police have a right to detain a possible suspect when there is chaos in the midst of a shooting… It’s not like he was falsely charged with a crime. They let him go. It’s never nice to have a gun pointed at your head but the cops had no idea who he was… To them, he could of been a killer.

  46. bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    nyneal says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?
    ———–
    Racial profiling has nothing to do with whether the person doing the profiling is a minority or not.

    And by every bit of evidence we have available it had nothing to do with this situation.

    ———

    We’ll no… that’s not true. Bennett’s account of what happen is evidence. I agree that at the moment, there isn’t any corroborating evidence from other eyewitnesses or the body camera (that was turned off).

    Technically it’s evidence, but seriously? You can’t understand that there’s hard evidence vs he said she said? Every ;lawyer in the country will tell you eyewitness is the least reliable. I submit that the person arrested’s version may be less reliable. He has as much of a reason to lie as the police so that’s a wash. What’s left is video. He loses on the merits. Anything else is personal opinion.

  47. metitometin says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:53 pm
    Police have been targeting minorities for years. That isn’t even debatable. Police departments have always been bubbles of racism and in recent years, they’re more upfront and open about their racism. And under the current administration in the White House, things will only get worse.
    ________________________

    Let me fix those statements for you so they actually sound like they came from a cognizant adult.

    Police have been known to target minorities from time to time, and when it’s proven the cops are rightfully dismissed. That isn’t even debatable. A handful of police departments have probably been bubbles of racism but in recent years, the press has created a firestorm where it doesn’t exist. And under the current administration it can’t possibly get any worse than it did under the last administration.

    There ya go.

  48. willycents says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    If you run from the scene of an alleged crime immediately after it happens, any cop on the scene will try to apprehend you, suspecting you are involved. Just common sense to me. That would apply regardless of skin color or gender, because, you immediately become a “person of interest”.

    ——–

    I agree. That is logical. So it really depends if they issued the threat at gunpoint or not. That obviously wouldn’t be necessary for a cooperative person like Bennett who wasn’t charged with anything for how he handled the situation.

    If there was no threat, then you are right.

  49. Am I missing something?? Cops get a call of a shooting and when they arrive they see Bennett in the area and they detain him for further investigation. They then release him…..did not shoot him, did not beat him and did not arrest him. Why is this even a story? How are the cops supposed to do their jobs if they are not allowed to stop anyone, talk to anyone or look at anyone wrong? If they stop someone to investigate a crime the masses get mad….if they don’t and then don’t make any arrests then the masses get mad. The ignorant people in this country are the problem. By the way…for you sit in the office all day desk geeks. When your arriving on a reported shooting and are about to stop a person that you have no idea may be involved or not the last thing on your mind is turning on your damn body cam! Adrenaline is very high and your main concern is to not get killed…..so go sit at your desk and send another email to your mommy about how corrupt cops are. Idiots. Can we please report some football related news??

  50. skinsrock says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    Police have a right to detain a possible suspect when there is chaos in the midst of a shooting… It’s not like he was falsely charged with a crime. They let him go. It’s never nice to have a gun pointed at your head but the cops had no idea who he was… To them, he could of been a killer.

    ———–

    If someone is running away and the police say stop, and they stop, and then the police say get on the ground and they do. Why would the police put a gun to their head and issue a threat. They should not. So if Bennett was not charged for resisting arrest or running form the police and he was cooperative then why did they do it? It’s beyond reasonable. apprehending him could be reasonable. I agree. Bennett is either lying or the Police acted excessively.

  51. The body cams were meant not only to protect suspects, but also to protect cops from exactly the “false allegations” of excessive force the union is complaining about. So when a body cam–meant to protect cops–is “turned off”, you know all that you need to know about the situation.

  52. So what about the body camera? If the big question is whether they made the “blow yf head off” lets just say they did? And so what? The cops come onto a shooting scene, tell everyone to stay down, then the guy they find hiding behind a slot machine makes a break for it jumping a wall and everything, then he is struggling with them, and they still dont know if he is armed, the shooter, or whatever, just that he tried to get away, thats not an unreasonable thing to say. At that moment they are not dealing with a black man, or an NFL player, they are dealing with a potential threat to rheir own safety and everyone around. Its not a time to worry about hurting anyones feelings. I think a lot of the armchair critics lose sight of how potentially dangerous these situations are and how seriously the cops need to come into them. it took them 10 minutes to clear him then they let him go peacefully.

    If you are in a club and there even might be a shooter in there too you want the cops coming onto that hard and fast.

  53. flexx91 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    They can demand an investigation all they want although I don’t believe that making a claim that one (an NFL player) was racially profiled and violated by the police falls under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. They first need to make absolutely damn sure he (Bennett) wasn’t violated instead of asking for “help” from the NFL.
    —————–

    How about making false accusations in a climate that is racially charged enough as it is and besmirching the character of the officers involved? Do you really believe the LVPD made that request without reviewing every witness statement and scrap of video they could find?

  54. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:25 pm
    bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    nyneal says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?
    ———–
    Racial profiling has nothing to do with whether the person doing the profiling is a minority or not.

    And by every bit of evidence we have available it had nothing to do with this situation.
    ———
    We’ll no… that’s not true. Bennett’s account of what happen is evidence. I agree that at the moment, there isn’t any corroborating evidence from other eyewitnesses or the body camera (that was turned off).

    Technically it’s evidence, but seriously? You can’t understand that there’s hard evidence vs he said she said? Every ;lawyer in the country will tell you eyewitness is the least reliable. I submit that the person arrested’s version may be less reliable. He has as much of a reason to lie as the police so that’s a wash. What’s left is video. He loses on the merits. Anything else is personal opinion.

    ———–

    Most cases don’t have hard evidence. It doesn’t mean they can’t be won. In this case Bennett is an alleged victim. He’s wasn’t arrested, he wasn’t charged. His account will be considered heavily given he is a law abiding and contributing member of society. Certainly better if there is hard evidence, but it’s not necessarily a wash.

  55. I’m tired of police unions whining every time there’s a complaint or protest. The Cleveland PD complaining that the Browens let some players kneel in a circle was the last straw.

    What a bunch of big babies…and some violent ones at that, given the applause when BLOTUS suggested roughing up suspects.

    If good cops wouldn’t defend bad cops (blue wall), this wouldn’t be such an issue.

    A lot of this goes back to the 60s when there were a lot of protests and the police saw themselves as the protectors of society/status quo. That attitude has been entrenched over 50 years and so they view themselves and their role as more than it is/should be, and it doesn’t work for today’s society.

    They’re not protecting society from falling apart, ffs. Most people live their lives quite peacefully without any significant police presence. Just prevent and solve crimes, that’s what you’re there for.

  56. finnymcphin says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    flexx91 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm
    They can demand an investigation all they want although I don’t believe that making a claim that one (an NFL player) was racially profiled and violated by the police falls under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. They first need to make absolutely damn sure he (Bennett) wasn’t violated instead of asking for “help” from the NFL.
    —————–
    How about making false accusations in a climate that is racially charged enough as it is and besmirching the character of the officers involved? Do you really believe the LVPD made that request without reviewing every witness statement and scrap of video they could find?

    ———-

    The last point in the article is critical:

    “The letter does not deny Bennett’s claim that the officer pointed a gun at him and threatened to “blow my f—ing head off.” The officer had his body camera turned off at the time of the incident.”

    Why not deny that the officer said that? Probably because they did. So I don’t know that they are saying that Bennett lied. They are just saying it wasn’t racially motivated and they were within their rights to do it.

  57. Goodell cannot help himself continuously lying and associating with liars, choosing the wrong side of the table, every single time.

    Meanwhile, 70,000 Clowndell towels and shirts await his visit tonight in Foxborough.

  58. Reading these comments just proves that USA is bruatl place to live. Racist cops and even more racist people. No wonder no other countries cares about what happens to all you Americans

  59. If you watch the LVPD conference and the 5 minute plus video they released two things are clear. Bennett’s work just doesn’t match up, and it had nothing to do with his skin color. If you would have believed him yesterday he was running out with a group of people and he was attacked by the police because he was black.

    In reality the police were sweeping the club looking for an active shoooter, and this group of police were in the bar for a 2nd time. Many people have already ran by the police, including black males. So on the 2nd sweep (and yes during the sweep for an active shooter all officers had their guns in their hands), Bennett who had been hiding by slot machines took off running after the police went by him. The police ordered him to stop, instead he runs out a door and jumps over a wall landing down on the sidewalk as the police chase him. The officer that catches him still had his gun in his hand (yes it is a gun with a light attached under the barrel), he hostels it and cuffs Bennett. If you take a still picture of the officer (with gun in his right hand) bringing his fun to his holster, yes the gun travels over Bennett’s back with the barrel pointed at him. You can’t put a fun in your hostel without the gun pointing down.

    After about a 10 minute investigation Bennett was released, and it was explained to him by a supervisor why he was cuffed and detained. Bennett acknowledged he understood. Bennett never filed a complaint with the police department.

    Now there are 120 plus videos the police still have to look at, because despite the fact Bennett never filed a complaint LVPD is investigating it to make sure the officers did everything right.

    Now people that believe Bennett for whatever reason will not care about the facts and won’t even read all of this, but posting it anyway.

  60. Well, we can just get to the bottom of this by reviewing the officer’s bodycam…….oh, wait, he turned it off? Well, then I guess it’s just the officer’s word against Bennett’s. What a shame, this could have been resolved so easily.

  61. I lived in Vegas for over 8 years. Although the cops were generally better and more easy going than most of the places I lived, there are a few things that come to mind. One, they have a coroner’s inquest system for police involved shootings that to my knowledge has never sided against Metro PD, even though LOTS of eyebrows have been raised at their findings. Two, between 2004 and 2013 there were a LOT of police shootings. Three, one of my (admittedly few) black friends got pulled over every time a cop saw him on the road, despite having a safe and clean driving record.. Could be coincidence, but people run red lights in front of cops all the time and not get pulled over. As a matter of fact running red lights in Vegas is so common, you get honked at and bird-flipped by the person behind you for not running them. I am not a big fan of Bennett’s public persona, as I often cringe at the things coming out of his mouth. That being said the LVPPA (Las Vegas Police Protective Association) has zero credibility with me. And for the record, Seattle has the worst cops I have ever been around.

  62. LV Police story keeps changing. First they say they told everyone to be still and MB ran. Then footage comes out of cops telling everyone to get out of the casino quickly.

    Now it is “he jumped over a wall and hid”.

    What is the perfect thing to do if you think you hear gunshots and see a low wall you can jump over and hide behind?

    This situation has gotten way out of control. A cop made a mistake and thought MB was the perp he was looking for. That is all this is.

    MB has the right to say he was scared for his life because he was. He was just chilling at a casino and without doing anything wrong, found himself under a very scared cop screaming at him with a gun to his head. That would be scary…no? He also feels that he was singled out and he has the right to say that to because that is how he feels.

    You also have the right to disagree…but you can stop hating anytime. Bennett did nothing wrong.

  63. ringheadcrusher says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    Forget about Bennett – everyone knows he’s a blowhard. They should be complaining to Goodell about GOODELL! The fool already announced the league is all-in behind Bennett. Apparently they don’t need any facts to make that leap.
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    Where the he!! you been?

  64. …..and give me a break with the video. By the time the video starts, Bennett is already on the ground with handcuffs on. There is no “proof” there for either side as to what happened previously. So we’re back to he said/he said.

    Again……too bad about that body camera.

  65. purplepeople1 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    Reading these comments just proves that USA is bruatl place to live. Racist cops and even more racist people. No wonder no other countries cares about what happens to all you Americans
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    People like you create more racists than a thousand Bennetts. Keep it up.

  66. ringheadcrusher says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    Well since the body camera was conveniently turned off, we won’t know for sure if that threat ever happened. That’s obviously crucial. If it happened, then all bets are off on appropriate police action. If the only thing that happened is what the video shows, then it is possible that a person seen running from the scene of a shooting should be detained or at least it would be an understandable decision.
    The police didn’t deny the threat, which would be excessive for sure, and Bennett is credible. But there won’t likely be hard evidence.
    Also, As everyone knows that has read about the history of racial issues with police, it doesn’t matter that the officers were minorities. That doesn’t necessarily change racial profiling at all.
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    Sure, Bull. “Everyone” who has ever read anything knows that. ppffffttttt I mean, I personally believe every word I read, doesn’t everyone?
    Enough with the absolutes. It’s childish.

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    Are you saying minority officers don’t racially profile? I am saying it happens, and if you have read about it, then you would know there are many accounts of it happening. That’s all. It’s absolute in the sense that it happens. I don’t see how that is childish.

  67. nyneal says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    Well, what’ya know? The officers who detained Bennett were minorities themselves. What do all you sky-is-falling people who say it was racially motivated have to say now?
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    It would probably help if you knew what “racial profiling” meant. It has nothing to do with the race of the person doing the profiling.

  68. kneedragr says:
    September 7, 2017 at 2:51 pm
    Why would you turn your body cameras off when stopping a suspect under suspicion of a shooting? There is no way to tell who is telling the truth now.


    So there is nothing to contradict your story after you unload a clip.

  69. Note to white folks…just say you don’t give a crap what happens to minorities. Stop trying to rationalize that feeling. And for those who think the protest is about policing in inner-cities, it’s about policing everywhere. And for you white folks (and some Black folks) that love talking about crimes committed by minorities, those people aren’t sworn to serve and protect. Lastly, for those who think minority cops don’t profile or use excessive force, think again…somehow Freddie Gray broke his own spine and died while in police custody.

  70. For those carrying on about the body cameras being turned off would you also be screaming just as loud if it was on recording what you say even if you aren’t directly involved in an investigation etc? Decrying the need for a body camera policy (that doesn’t also invade privacy) is one thing. Defaulting misconduct as a result of that is another.

  71. I thought yesterday the theme was video or it didn’t happen?

    Oh that’s just for the football player? The door only swings one way.

  72. Veterans in Nevada says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    So what about the body camera? If the big question is whether they made the “blow yf head off” lets just say they did? And so what? The cops come onto a shooting scene, tell everyone to stay down, then the guy they find hiding behind a slot machine makes a break for it jumping a wall and everything, then he is struggling with them, and they still dont know if he is armed, the shooter, or whatever, just that he tried to get away, thats not an unreasonable thing to say. At that moment they are not dealing with a black man, or an NFL player, they are dealing with a potential threat to rheir own safety and everyone around. Its not a time to worry about hurting anyones feelings. I think a lot of the armchair critics lose sight of how potentially dangerous these situations are and how seriously the cops need to come into them. it took them 10 minutes to clear him then they let him go peacefully.
    If you are in a club and there even might be a shooter in there too you want the cops coming onto that hard and fast.

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    Sure… but you are making quite a few assumptions there. Who said Bennett did not follow police instruction and was struggling with the officers. There were no charges laid and nothing in the complaint said that. If that were true, then your points are valid, but if he was cooperative, then I don’t get why they would do that to him. Cuffing him I understand. Threatening to kill him I do not.

  73. It seems to me that Police Officers should turn on their body camera before they leave the station for the start of their shift and leave it on until they are back at the station and then turn it off donut shop and all. Remember, if this goes to court, the real truth comes out during cross examination of all witnesses.

  74. As usual, I fail to understand what the issue is.

    There were reports of gunshots. The police saw a guy running in the area, hopping walls. They chased and detained him until they could determine he was not the suspect.

    Had I been in Bennett’s shoes, I would have expected the same treatment. Better they temporarily detain the wrong guy than to let an active shooter run free due to inaction.

  75. txtuff says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    If you watch the LVPD conference and the 5 minute plus video they released two things are clear. Bennett’s work just doesn’t match up, and it had nothing to do with his skin color. If you would have believed him yesterday he was running out with a group of people and he was attacked by the police because he was black.

    In reality the police were sweeping the club looking for an active shoooter, and this group of police were in the bar for a 2nd time. Many people have already ran by the police, including black males. So on the 2nd sweep (and yes during the sweep for an active shooter all officers had their guns in their hands), Bennett who had been hiding by slot machines took off running after the police went by him. The police ordered him to stop, instead he runs out a door and jumps over a wall landing down on the sidewalk as the police chase him. The officer that catches him still had his gun in his hand (yes it is a gun with a light attached under the barrel), he hostels it and cuffs Bennett. If you take a still picture of the officer (with gun in his right hand) bringing his fun to his holster, yes the gun travels over Bennett’s back with the barrel pointed at him. You can’t put a fun in your hostel without the gun pointing down.

    After about a 10 minute investigation Bennett was released, and it was explained to him by a supervisor why he was cuffed and detained. Bennett acknowledged he understood. Bennett never filed a complaint with the police department.

    Now there are 120 plus videos the police still have to look at, because despite the fact Bennett never filed a complaint LVPD is investigating it to make sure the officers did everything right.

    Now people that believe Bennett for whatever reason will not care about the facts and won’t even read all of this, but posting it anyway.

    2 0 Rate This

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    I actually believe Bennett was goading the police to go after him and cuff him, specifically so he could claim he was a victim and broadcast how bad of a problem this is.

    It is absolutely an issue, but he’s no victim here. White, black, or yellow, in that situation, if you run, they’re going to think you are somehow involved.

    Nothing more, nothing less.

  76. the first comment here says it all, the worst thing here as a football fan is Roger Goodell again, taking the side of a person with out even taking moment to chack out the facts, and calling Michael Bennett “The Best of The NFL”, when are the owners finally going to wake up and fire this unethical, untruthful person. respectfully eddie gabriel

  77. Bodycam off?

    No be honest…it was on wasn’t it. It was on.

    Funny the wouldn’t just release the video to make Bennett look like an idiot. Seems like they would want to do that by their tone but no…strange*eyeroll*

    By the way, Racism isn’t just white versus everybody else. For instance many Latinos in the LA area are very racist towards black people(relevant). I had no idea about that until my buddy from East LA told me about it. The statement from the police that the arresting officers were latinos lilit is proof vs racial profiling is a very flawed argument. Not surprised an old white guy said it in a news conference like it was some proof of something. I mean, how in the he’ll is a Mexican guy going to be racist? Right?

  78. If Mr Bennett acts in an appropriate manner in the presence of police, then no issue. It is about behavior, not race. Folks on TV, in sports, and other race-baiters don’t want to acknowledge this. Behave better, and all issues with police go away. Simple.

  79. tripper1920 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    If Mr Bennett acts in an appropriate manner in the presence of police, then no issue. It is about behavior, not race. Folks on TV, in sports, and other race-baiters don’t want to acknowledge this. Behave better, and all issues with police go away. Simple.
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    Do you honestly believe this is how the world works? Are you 65 years old? One thing I know for sure about you- you’re white.

  80. Couple of things here. I wonder why Bennett omitted that he ran from police, when he was told to stop. That changes the dynamic.

    Second, those saying, turn the body cams on and leave them on. Do you want the camera on when the coppers are in the bathroom? How about when they are talking with their spouse or children?

    Do you want the camera on showing your deceased friend or relative? After all, there seems to be a lot of people clammering to see footage. You will have to take the good with the bad, and expect possibly that your privacy and/or life to be put on public display.

  81. With all the live feed technology I would think that it would be in the officers best interest to have the cameras always on uploading to the cloud 100% of the time on duty. As long as they aren’t doing anything wrong I don’t understand their pushback on this. Police talk about their rights…then don’t be cops. If you don’t want a body am on all the time I don’t trust you as a police officer. You have a gun. The rules should be different for you.

    I strongly believe that if you want to be a cop with a gun and have absolute power over other citizens you should be required to provide body cam footage of all your work subject to scrutiny by your superiors in key situations such as this one. They could even watch and advise as needed.

    Knowing they are on 100% of the time the could never say “whoops he forgot to hot the button sorry”. Huge trust issues on that. I think they are lying.

    Trust is big here. We need more trust in our people in uniforms because most of them deserve it, but they also need to do more to earn it.

  82. Anyone of us would have been detained considering the circumstances. The police are there, why run, you make yourself look quilty. Ignorance has no color.

  83. The facts of this case is that Bennett was running away from the scene of a firearms related incident when police arrived…and they stopped him as a suspicious person. He wasn’t “suspicious” because of his race…he was suspicious because he was running away from a live in progress incident. Regardless of race, creed, or color, if you or I were to be seen running away at a fast clip from the scene where police had been called, the same thing would have happened to us.

  84. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    tripper1920 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 4:25 pm
    If Mr Bennett acts in an appropriate manner in the presence of police, then no issue. It is about behavior, not race. Folks on TV, in sports, and other race-baiters don’t want to acknowledge this. Behave better, and all issues with police go away. Simple.
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    Do you honestly believe this is how the world works? Are you 65 years old? One thing I know for sure about you- you’re white.

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    Its tough to take a stand against racism while at the same time having it as a go to strategy.

  85. 24601jvj says:
    September 7, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    It seems to me that Police Officers should turn on their body camera before they leave the station for the start of their shift and leave it on until they are back at the station and then turn it off donut shop and all. Remember, if this goes to court, the real truth comes out during cross examination of all witnesses.

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    “Donut shop” really? That could be considered racist against police officers. I do not go to “donut shops” I need to stay in shape to run down suspects running from shooting incidents.

  86. I grew up in Southern California and as an 11 year old boy I had cops throw me to the ground at a park and put a gun to my head and threatened to blow my head off and I’m white. 28 years later as an adult I feel that cops probably get really amped up in situations such as this one and don’t control themselves as well as they should but they have a really tough job and in that moment it’s not easy to discern a regular citizen from a criminal not that I feel this is a justification but if you were in that position would you be any better?

  87. Police in every city should say:

    You want continue anti-police protest.
    You want to side with a liar who disobeyed police orders.

    Secure your own stadiums.

  88. bullcharger says:
    September 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    Veterans in Nevada says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    So what about the body camera? If the big question is whether they made the “blow yf head off” lets just say they did? And so what? The cops come onto a shooting scene, tell everyone to stay down, then the guy they find hiding behind a slot machine makes a break for it jumping a wall and everything, then he is struggling with them, and they still dont know if he is armed, the shooter, or whatever, just that he tried to get away, thats not an unreasonable thing to say. At that moment they are not dealing with a black man, or an NFL player, they are dealing with a potential threat to rheir own safety and everyone around. Its not a time to worry about hurting anyones feelings. I think a lot of the armchair critics lose sight of how potentially dangerous these situations are and how seriously the cops need to come into them. it took them 10 minutes to clear him then they let him go peacefully.
    If you are in a club and there even might be a shooter in there too you want the cops coming onto that hard and fast.

    ———-

    Sure… but you are making quite a few assumptions there. Who said Bennett did not follow police instruction and was struggling with the officers. There were no charges laid and nothing in the complaint said that. If that were true, then your points are valid, but if he was cooperative, then I don’t get why they would do that to him. Cuffing him I understand. Threatening to kill him I do not.

    —————–
    Ill concede your point and so I back off the assumptions. But still, an active shooter scene is very tense, the cops have to regard everyone as not just a perp but a potention mortal danger. So a guy (who may or may not have struggled we will wait for the vids on that) is not cooperating, flees, and crouches behind a barrier, they are going to be in diarm mode. They are going to treat such a person like they are armed until they have established otherwise. They are going to be zero into screwing around and its not even an idle threat. If a gun starts to come out they are not going to wait to see if he aims and points, they will fire. Remember that their lives are on the line too. again, I think a lot of the critics here simply dont have a full grasp of how serious a combat situation (and thats what they have to assume until they can establish its not) actually is.

  89. All you need to know is the officer’s turned off their body cams. No video, no evidence of wrongdoings.

    Another police union who doesn’t understand people are sick and tired of their breaking the law, and are not going to support them unconditionally.

    I hope Bennett sues them for every cent their insurance company has.

  90. kneedragr says:
    “Why would you turn your body cameras off when stopping a suspect under suspicion of a shooting? There is no way to tell who is telling the truth now.”

    Gee I wonder why an officer would want to turn off their body camera. Perhaps you should search good for Baltimore police plant drugs. The officers were caught red handed on their own body cam videos… and still the department has the audacity to defend those officers.

  91. On the one hand, the cops weren’t white….on the other, the body cam was turned off. It’ll all come out in court, because it doesn’t sound like this is going to go away quietly.

    But complaining to Goodell sounds like they read all these stories on here, ESPN, SI, SBNation about how Goodell can pretty much do anything he likes, when he likes, for no good reason, and they want him to do their dirty work for them.

  92. I’m unclear what type of investigation the police union is expecting from Goodell and the NFL. Unless, this is merely an attempt to counter a Bennett lawsuit against the officers. Either way, this letter from the police union may have the opposite effect of emboldening Bennett to continue with his lawsuit.

  93. There are 125 more video feeds of the incident. There are also private videos of the incident. I don’t think one malfunctioning body cam will hide anything. When they are seen, they will show Bennett is a liar.

    He disobeyed police commands, behaved like a criminal in an active shooter situation, and now he’s trying to distract from all this by crying racism.

    By two Hispanic cops. Let that sink in.

    My guess is he delayed talking about this because he wasn’t where he told his wife he was after the fight, and it was about to break on TMZ or somewhere else, so he concocted the false “racism” narrative. The videos will tell all but the fact that the police union is coming out so strongly indicates to me they’ve seen some of the other videos.

    Can’t wait for this guy to be off the Seahawks.

  94. The word is COMPLY until it gets sorted out. By the way if I’m holding a 300lb man on the ground I’m saying anything that will keep him from moving.

  95. well the one did have a body camera on. From the distance that they travelled through the building, what are the odds that the “target”… Michael Bennett… would still even be there?

    I do think body cameras should be on. however, no one must own a gopro or something similar. Its another job just to keep those things charged for a full shift. Waiting for the outbreak that a cop couldn’t respond to the call as he had no batteries for the camera. slave to the tech.

  96. If so many people were crouching or running when this incident occurred then why was Bennett singled out? There was no description on a suspect or confirmation that shots were ever fired. So how did he fit the “m.o.” Why not stop anyone else that was running?

  97. purplepeople1 says:
    September 7, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    Reading these comments just proves that USA is bruatl place to live. Racist cops and even more racist people. No wonder no other countries cares about what happens to all you Americans

    ============================================================

    If it is so bad I suggest you stay away then. No one is forcing you to come over here.

  98. Bennett complains to anyone who will listen to him about the LVPD, only fair the LVPD complains to Goodell for false accusations. Bennett runs his mouth with no proof.

  99. Beside the fact that Bennett is a blow-hard, the fact that the officer had his body camera off really bothers me. The ability for Officers to turn off body cameras should be eliminated. It should go on and off at the start and end of each shift using a secure device at the Police Dept. The memory cards should be collected and filed in the property room or another secure area in case it is ever needed to be reviewed. We need to start making the police more transparent when these accusations arise otherwise no one will ever believe their stories. By turning off his body camera this officer has brought doubt of police integrity into this matter.

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