Saturday 18 November 2017

‘I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black’: NFL star Michael Bennett claims police held him at gunpoint

Seattle Seahawks Defensve End Michael Bennett attends the FAM 1st FAMILY FOUNDATION Charity Event at The Edgewater Hotel on December 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for 1st Family Foundation)
Seattle Seahawks Defensve End Michael Bennett attends the FAM 1st FAMILY FOUNDATION Charity Event at The Edgewater Hotel on December 14, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for 1st Family Foundation)

NFL star Michael Bennett released a statement on Wednesday alleging that he was singled out by Las Vegas police officers following the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on August 27, with one of the officers placing a gun near Bennett's head and warning him that he would "blow my f***ing head off".

Bennett, a Super Bowl champion with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, went on to describe how the two officers used excessive force to restrain him.

The incident occurred as Bennett was walking back to his hotel following the fight along with hundreds of other spectators, who after hearing "what sounded like gun shots" began to run away from the sound, "looking for safety".

According to Bennett the two officers then "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. As I laid on the ground, complying with his demands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would blow my f****ing head off," Bennett's statement reads.

"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 clinched the handcuffs on my wrist so tight that my fingers went numb."

 

Telegraph.co.uk

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