Las Vegas police contend “no evidence” of excessive force with Michael Bennett

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Three weeks ago, Las Vegas police strongly disputed Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s claims of excessive force and racial profiling. On Friday, they reiterated their position, claiming that there is “no evidence” of impropriety.

A new video posted by TMZ consists, via ESPN.com, of portions of 193 videos culled from 861 total videos. As presented by the Las Vegas police, the video suggests nothing improper occurred.

But what about the rest of the video evidence that wasn’t included? The video produced on Friday by Las Vegas police doesn’t include any of the 33 seconds posted earlier this month showing Bennett face down on the ground, with handcuffs being applied. And it definitely includes none of the video obtained via the detaining officer’s body camera, since the arresting officer’s body camera inexplicably was not turned on.

Without an opportunity to review all of the raw video obtained and edited by police, it’s difficult to know the whole story. Without an opportunity to review video from a police body camera that never was turned on, it’s impossible to know whether Bennett’s version of the events is inaccurate.

But that surely won’t stop some from summarily rejecting Bennett’s contention as untrue. Because anyone who claims police brutality without clear, objective, undeniable evidence to confirm it (thanks in part to a police body camera that wasn’t turned on) probably is lying, right?

49 responses to “Las Vegas police contend “no evidence” of excessive force with Michael Bennett

  1. The various videos clearly show Bennett was sneaking around the casino, and hiding and then ran away. Everybody else is on the ground, following directions, and Bennett is exhibiting the very definition of suspicious behavior.

    The cops then chase him down and subdue him then release him within 10 minutes.

    The fact that anybody still tries to imply cops acted improperly in this case is all the proof you need that a political agenda is more important than facts to some.

  2. He lied and people that supported him will twist this obvious lie into something else. The kneejerks have lost it all. I guess we’ll see how this turns out in a few weeks, but I’m not coming back. Football just doesn’t seem worth revolving my life around for one of the two days I get off each week.

  3. And to be clear, I don’t know exactly what happened that night. That’s a fair point and the officer should have had his camera on. But I still hold Bennett responsible for using Al Sharpton tactics and embellishing his story when the country is in a vulnerable spot

  4. If he’s not lying, then file a lawsuit for false arrest or whatever and make those claims under oath. The cops will then rebut under oath and ALL of the evidence will become public record. It is not good that the arresting black officer didn’t have his body cam on, but others did and one I saw clearly showed an officer telling Bennett “there was a shooter” when he’ claims that didn’t happen.

  5. I don’t know what happened but if there was nothing improper. Just release the entirety of the footage. Releasing edited snippets doesn’t do anything to bring resolution to the situation.

  6. Of course there isn’t. The video showed that, but it won’t fit Bennett’s ignorant cause.

    I am just almost done with the Seahawks and turning in my fan card until they get rid of the inmates running the asylum. Too many “me” guys on the defense who care more about their political causes than winning ball games.

  7. I have seen the whole video, including the detainment of Bennett…There was no excessive force..he kept saying he was Michael Bennett, and asking what did I do… I think he got mad because him name did not mean anything. Once he was cleared, he was released.

  8. There was a live shooting happening and video shows that everyone complies with police commands, except for 1 guy that runs away, jumps a wall, and runs into the street. But yea, they probably shouldn’t have been suspicious of that guy. 3 minority police officers pursuing and ID’ing him was definitely a breach of the trust of the citizens they’re sworn to protect in just this scenario.

  9. Hes walking around unhurt so he got through it ok. Yes it was probably scary. Next time dont run from the police and try to cooperate.

  10. Either way, Bennet shook their hand and said he understand the reason for his detainment. The rest will come out and answer your questions. I’d put money on Bennett being the liar here. As we already knew

  11. Michael Bennett was in no way mistreated and he blatantly lied to everyone saying he was. I know there are some bad cops out there were none in this situation. Don’t run and comply with lawful orders. Bennett is one of the many terrible role models in the NFL today. Go ahead and keep protesting and lying and the viewership will continue its downfall.

  12. Depends on your idea of excessive force. The police don’t think that face down in the street, hands behind your back and a gun pointed at your head is excessive.

  13. And because the policemans body camera was “inexplicably” turned off, it’s the police that “must” be lying. Right? People believe whatever agenda they want. The truth is irrevelent. That’s never more apparent then the last 10 months.

  14. I believe law enforcement has a difficult job BUT it is hard not to question their credibility when they provide heavily edited videos, leave out the actual instance in question (the take down and arrest with him face down on the pavement), and then fall back on the body camera didn’t work.

    The point behind body cameras was to bring some clarity to these situations but it is suspicious when complaints are made and they were not utilized or malfunctioned.

    All this is in the end is an exercise in PR and an attempt to destroy the credibility of Bennet. I’m not saying what he said happened – happened but I can’t call him a liar based off of the production provided by the Las Vegas PD. If they were looking for exoneration then maybe provide the complete story including the arrest sequence in question.

  15. I had real concerns about the body camera but hundreds of other cameras have replaced it in this one case. I still think the officer should be reprimanded for not using the camera. They should not be reprimanded for chasing and subduing a suspect.

    It looks like nothing like a violation of rights took place here. There was a shooter. He did draw attention to himself and run and he did act offended when they did their job to try to keep people safe. Then they let him go.

    I’d like to know if they caught the shooter or at least have video of this person. It was in a casino.

  16. Shocking another false accusation claiming the race victim card. Much like the latest news on oppressed Kaepernick donating 25k to a cop killing fugitive who escaped and is hiding out in Cuba.

  17. Zombie, if you read the comments or saw the interview with the released tapes, no where does he he take issue with Michael Bennentt’s credibility. He does say that Bennett experience was very tramatic.

  18. If he only took a knee when the police arrived instead of running there would be no issue. Bennett is the typical spoiled athlete who thinks rules simply don’t apply to him. He is a tool and he continues to be an embarrassment to the Seahawks and the NFL.

  19. The problem is when the police turn off the body cams they are legally supposed to have on to document their actions, it implies that they were covering up something.

    These guys may well have done nothing wrong, but if they’d had their body cams on there would be indisputable evidence, and that’s the whole point of them.

  20. The video shows nothing of the initial contact between Bennett and the police…yet you’ve got a comment section full of people who weren’t there, have no evidence to the contrary, yet are sure Bennett is lying. What a sad state of affairs we have here. Bennett clearly spooked and ran, but that doesn’t mean he’s not telling the truth. All we know is that we don’t know….yet many have their minds made up. So sad.

  21. Racism is a very real problem in america and it does need to be acknowledged and given attention. But its tough when guys like Bennett pull stunts like this to undermine that point and set everything back. Creating false examples destroys the work of those who are trying to get attention paid to real ones.

  22. A casino probably has more cameras per square foot than any other private business. 831 videos! No wonder it took them a while to sort through it all. If any one of them showed the police abusing Bennett, somebody would have sold it to TMZ by now. None of the evidence supports Bennett.

  23. jets2010spygate says:
    September 30, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I’d like to know if they caught the shooter or at least have video of this person. It was in a casino.
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    There was NO shooter although at the time everyone involved thought there was. If you did at least a moment’s research you would know that.

  24. You are told to get down. You respond by running. Then you try & further your agenda by claiming police brutality. Sad….All he is doing is muddying the waters for any person, who has unjustly been treated, whether Black or White or Brown…etc. ! Very simple, obey orders…..

  25. Since when do “pd’s come back with a finding of “excessive force” against themselves? You folks are living in an alternative universe. Bennett should sue them!

    If you’re black, and you see police with guns drawn, you’d hide behind a slot machine too, because police will often shoot first, and then hide behind “I feared for my life.”

  26. Bennett brothers are a joke. Nice signing Green Bay, Martellus instigated wanting the fans to lock arms in Thursday nights game. While most of the fans did not, there were groups shown locking arms. Packer fans = sheeple.

  27. PFT is the best when it comes to NFL news but tough to read on stories like this. The video is clear that as is proven in the vast majority of these cases the police actions were justified. The media has created this false belief that police brutality is rampant. They sensationalize the original incident and then whisper the finding that their initial reports are incorrect. This in turn fosters more distrust between the police and the community.

  28. skawh says:
    September 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    Since when do “pd’s come back with a finding of “excessive force” against themselves? You folks are living in an alternative universe. Bennett should sue them!

    If you’re black, and you see police with guns drawn, you’d hide behind a slot machine too, because police will often shoot first, and then hide behind “I feared for my life.”

    Except they didn’t so please stop spreading this completely inaccurate and highly prejudicial meme. This non-stop anti-white, anti-police act is getting old. Every now and then the POC is at fault.

  29. ‘The policeman’s camera was turned off’. That’s pure B.S. extremely likely it was deleted. because it does not fit the LVPD narrative. This is business as usual, at a lot of PDs. Accountability is a reasonable request. The officer who s camera is ‘turned off’ needs to be suspended without pay, or worse. Accountability is not an unreasonable expectation.

  30. Billy Martin once said of Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner. “one’s a born liar and the other is convicted”. Bennett might be both of those soon.

  31. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    September 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    skawh says:
    September 30, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    Since when do “pd’s come back with a finding of “excessive force” against themselves? You folks are living in an alternative universe. Bennett should sue them!

    If you’re black, and you see police with guns drawn, you’d hide behind a slot machine too, because police will often shoot first, and then hide behind “I feared for my life.”

    Except they didn’t so please stop spreading this completely inaccurate and highly prejudicial meme. This non-stop anti-white, anti-police act is getting old. Every now and then the POC is at fault.
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    Your comment reflects why their is racial division in America. If a black man says I’m protesting against racist and bias policing, he’s the one who is “prejudicial.” And unpatriotic, and ungrateful, and, and, and…

  32. Speaking for my fellowPats’ fans I want to thank Bennett (again) for jumping offsides at the very end of the 2015 Super Bowl so the Pats could be on their 6 yard line instead of the 1.

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