Yesterday, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl and Super Bowl champion defensive lineman Michael Bennett took to Twitter to detail an incident he was involved with during the night of the McGregor-Mayweather fight in Las Vegas.
According to Bennett, a Las Vegas police officer drew his weapon and threatened to “blow my f*cking head off.” While TMZ Sports was able to obtain footage arrest, the video does not show this alleged instance, as the video begins when Bennett is already in handcuffs.
via TMZ Sports:
TMZ Sports has obtained video of NFL superstar Michael Bennett being handcuffed by police while lying face down on the concrete in Las Vegas … and you can hear him screaming that he’s innocent.
Sources connected to the investigation tell TMZ Sports … when cops responded to the club for a possible shooting, they ordered everyone to get down and not move so they could properly search and investigate.
We’re told Bennett did not stay put — instead, he ran — and a cop outside the club stopped him and ordered him down to the ground at gunpoint. Our sources say Bennett was detained until cops could determine he was not involved in any possible criminal activity … and he was released.
Civil rights attorney John Burris, who was hired by Bennett, is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit.
Burris released the following statement:
“Mr. Bennett was face down on the ground when a Las Vegas Police officer placed his gun at the back of Mr. Bennett’s head and shouted don’t move or I’ll blow your fucking head off. Bennett was in total compliance and scared for his life when a second officer for no apparent reason forcefully dug his knee into Mr. Bennett’s back making it difficult for him to breathe. Terrified and frightened, Mr. Bennett continuously asked the Officers why they were arresting him and he tried to remind them that he had rights.”
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have yet to comment.