Las Vegas Police Union demands investigation of Michael Bennett's claims

Martellus Bennet on Michael's incident: 'A hug is the best thing you can give'

In reaction to the incident and the post, Bennett's fellow NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who pioneered sit-downs during national anthems before a game in protest at the oppression of black people, expressed his disgust.

Bennett claimed he was seeking safety after he and hundreds of others heard what sounded like gunshots on August 26, NPR reported.

In a statement, Bennett said Wednesday he is considering filing a federal civil-rights lawsuit and has asked for the LVMPD to release any body camera footage of the incident.

Bennett described an alarming encounter with police in Vegas during which he says an officer pointed a gun at Bennett's head and warned he would "blow my (expletive) head off" if Bennett moved.

Subsequent video obtained by TMZ documents the scene during the incident in question.

However, LVMPD Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said in a press conference Wednesday that the officers were doing as instructed when responding to a possible active shooter situation.

McMahill said the arresting officer did not activate his body cam and police would review surveillance video from the nightclub as part of their investigation. "At any moment, I could've made the wrong decision whether to move, or (if police) felt like I was resisting or doing something wrong, and the Seahawks would be wearing the patch with No. 72 on it", he said, referencing a common way National Football League teams memorialize players they've lost.

Bennett said he had constant thoughts of his wife and kids while being detained. The LVPMD said Wednesday the officer directly involved in the incident did not have his camera turned on.

Martellus Bennett said he had to walk out of a team meeting "because I broke down crying just thinking about what could have happened", according to ESPN.

The union's letter stated that when Vegas cops responded to the casino shooting, "they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine". "I'm not sure what they're trying to punish him for". All those situations you see, a lot of things are happening in our country right now, you know it's heartbreaking.

Wilson said that he had not watched the entirety of the video released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday, but was shocked to see Bennett, a person who has used his platform to bring people together, in such a bad situation.

McMahill also explained that he didn't believe racial profiling played a role in Bennett's detainment, because the officers who accosted Bennett were Hispanic.

"We think there was an unlawful detention and the use of excessive force, with a gun put to his head", Burris told the AP.

"This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust", he wrote. "I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Charleena Lyles felt", he writes. "We recommend that he be terminated and we are moving forward on that", Register said.

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