Michael Bennett’s highly-publicized incident with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has taken another turn.
The union representing the city’s police department has sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting the league conduct a thorough investigation and take appropriate action against what it describes as Bennett’s “obvious false allegations.”
Bennett was handcuffed and detained by police outside of a Las Vegas casino Aug. 26 amid reports of gunshots inside the casino. Bennett said Wednesday the only reason he was detained was because was a “black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Bennett, who is one of Colin Kaepernick’s biggest supporters in his national anthem protests, had already committed to protesting the anthem for the entire season before the Las Vegas incident took place.
In the letter obtained by Vanessa Murphy of KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, the police union expressed its concerns over the incident.
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The letter from union president Steve Grammas challenges Bennett’s claim that he was simply “a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The union denied this, saying “our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting.”
The letter also said that officers found Bennett crouched behind a slot machine in a casino before running out of the building and jumping over a four-foot barrier.
Grammas mentioned Bennett’s anthem protests, saying “while the NFL may condone Bennett’s disrespect for our American Flag, and everything it symbolizes, we hope the League will not ignore Bennett’s false accusations against our police officers.”
Grammas also said a “fair investigation” by the NFL would prove what actually took place the night Bennett was detained by police.
In Bennett’s statement released Wednesday morning, Bennett said “the system had failed him” and that officers threatened to “blow my f— head off.”
Grammas said Bennett’s claim that the city’s officers are racists “is false and offensive to the men and women of law enforcement.”
The NFL announced Thursday it had no plans to investigate Bennett and his involvement in the incident.;
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