Las Vegas Union Asks NFL To Take Action Against Michael Bennett For Lying About Police

The Las Vegas police union asked the NFL to investigate Michael Bennett.

The Las Vegas police union asked the NFL to investigate Michael Bennett.

Las Vegas Police Union Asks For Investigation And Action Against Michael Bennett

After NFL star Michael Bennett released a statement on Wednesday claiming that he was the victim of racial profiling by Las Vegas Metro PD, the department responded with bodycam video and information which made it clear that Bennett was fabricating much of what had happened.

Now the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro, has sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for an investigation and “appropriate action” to be taken against Bennett.

You can see the letter below:

“Dear Commissioner Goodel:

On behalf of the rank and file members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, I request that you conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett’s obvious false allegations against our officers.

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.

As you may know, Michael Bennett posted a Twitter message regarding his interaction with our officers.

Bennett wrote, “Las Vegas police officers 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.”

Bennett’s message included additional comments, which we believe are false and defamatory.

We believe that a fair investigation will establish that our officers responded to one of the most dangerous calls a law enforcement officer can be assigned- an active shooter firing rounds in a crowded casino.

As our uniformed officers entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine. When officers turned towards Bennett, he bolted out of the casino, leaped over four (4) foot barrier wall, and hid from officers as he crouched close to the wall on the sidewalk.

I am sure that your attorney will tell you, our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting.

Our officers, who are both minorities, had the legal right, and obligation, to detain Bennett based upon the nature of the call and Bennett’s unusual and suspicious actions. Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was, “a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Michael Bennett’s claim that our officers are racists is false and offensive to the men and women of law enforcement. We hope you will take appropriate action against Michael Bennett. I am available to meet with you and will provide any other information you deem necessary.

Very truly yours,
LAS VEGAS METRQ POLICE PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION
– DETECTIVE STEVE GRAMMAS
PRESIDENT”

It’s not clear why Michael Bennett lied about the situation. His only public response appears to have been tweeting photos to back up his claim that one of the officers pointed a gun at his head after he jumped into traffic.

The claim about the officer pointing his gun was not confirmed or contested by Metro.

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What was made clear was that Bennett was not racially profiled, and the circumstances were explained to him after he was detained for only 10 minutes.

It possible, but appears unlikely from currently released video, that a second officer jammed their knee in his back. It is possible that an officer pointed their gun at his head and threatened to “blow his head off,” which wouldn’t be abnormal for an active shooter suspect; an investigation will verify or contradict these claims.

It appears that Bennett is going to deflect from his obvious lies to other irrelevant issues.

One issue being brought up is that the primary arresting officer did not have his body camera on.

To suggest that the body camera not being on somehow implies evidence of Bennett’s claims means that you would have to assume that the officer made a conscious decision to leave his body camera off while going to an active shooter call, explicitly for the reason that he wanted to racially profile somebody. It’s a claim that defies all reason.

Officers often forget to put their car in park when arriving at a hot call, and occasionally forgetting to turn on a body camera is expected. Forgetting to turn on a body camera is not de facto evidence of wrongdoing and not relevant to the claims made.

Over 120 cameras captured the incident (it’s Las Vegas) and are being reviewed.

Inexplicably, many sports media outlets that ran the claim about Bennett being profiled are completely ignoring the information released by Metro.

You can see the original Blue Lives Matter story with video below:

On Wednesday, NFL player Michael Bennett released a statement in which he accused Last Vegas Metro officers of pointing their guns at him for “doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” (video below)

Later on Wednesday, Las Vegas Metro responded to his allegations with what actually happened.

Before we get into the details, here is a statement released by Michael Bennett on Wednesday:

“Dear World,

On Saturday, August 26, 2017 was in Las Vegas to attend the Mayweather-McGregor fight on my day off. After the fight while heading back to my hotel several hundred people heard what sounded like gunshots.

Like many of the people in the area ran away from the sound, looking for safety. Las Vegas police officers 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 laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if moved he would “blow my fucking head off.”

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 cinched the handcuffs on my wrists so tight that my fingers went numb.

The Officers’ excessive use of force was unbearable. I felt helpless as lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed. All could think of was “I’m going to die for no other reason than I am black and my skin color is somehow a threat.’

My life flashed before my eyes as thought of my girls. Would ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her love her?

I kept asking the Officers “What did I do?” and reminding them that I had rights they were duty bound to respect.

The Officers ignored my pleas and instead told me to shut up and then took me to the back of a nearby police car where sat for what felt like an eternity until they apparently realized was not a thug, common criminal or ordinary black man but Michael Bennett a famous professional football player.

After confirming my identity, I was ultimately released without any legitimate justification for the Officers’ abusive conduct.

I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do.

This fact is unequivocally, without question why before every game, sit during the national anthem–because equality doesn’t live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a “Nigger,” you will be treated that way.

The system failed me. I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Charleena Lyles felt.

I have retained Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burris to investigate and explore all my legal options including filing a civil rights lawsuit for the violation of my constitutional rights.

Sincerely,

Michael Bennett”

Undersheriff Kevin McMahill responded later in the day to Bennett’s accusations, and made it clear that Bennett’s version of events are not accurate.

At the press conference, Undersheriff McMahill explained that on August 26 at around 1:30 AM, officers were responding to multiple reports of an active shooter.

The undersheriff played body camera video, and you can see a group of officers rushing together towards where the gunfire was reported. The officers cleared the casino floor, helping to evacuate people of all skin colors, including other black males.

After the officers cleared the casino floor, they were going towards a nightclub where they believed the shooter may be. On their way, officers saw Bennett crouched behind a gaming machine, and he took off running after officers spotted him.

Two Hispanic officers pursued as Bennett jumped over a barrier into the middle of traffic. One of the officers was able to cuff him and he was detained for 10 minutes while the officers determined that he was not involved.

A supervisor responded and explained to Bennett why he was detained, and he told the supervisors that he understood and had no issues with what had happened besides having a gun pointed at his head.

The active shooter reports were later determined to be a false alarm from loud banging which people thought were gunshots.

To this day, Bennett has never filed a complaint.

Despite Bennett being in an area where there were many other black males, and his actions made it appear that he was fleeing from police at a reported active shooter scene, and he jumped into traffic to get away, he still chose to release a statement claiming that he was detained for no other reason than being black, rather than contacting anybody at Las Vegas Metro.

Las Vegas Metro PD has opened an internal affairs investigation, despite there being no formal complaint made, and they are investigating if Bennett’s claims about a gun being pointed at him or any of his other claims are accurate.

Do you think that Bennett is just trying to manufacture controversy with false claims that he knows people will believe without fact checking? We’d like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

You can see video below of Bennett being cuffed in the roadway:

  • Worc1

    1000/1 that Bennett did not write that statement. I’m guessing either his agent or lawyer did. The police are right there investigating a shooting in progress and this bonehead hides and runs from them. Gee anyone think that they might think he might be the shooter? People acting suspicious makes the police suspicious. I am sure that multiple police officers told him to stop running and yet he ignored them and decided he didn’t need to follow lawful orders. When the police tell you to do something it is not a suggestion it is an order.

    • Troy

      He ran from the area because the police was telling people to GET OUT!!!

      • Deny

        He ran because he’s a chicken $hit. Ten bucks says he would pi$$ himself if he ever had to answer a call on an active shooter as a Cop. Big mouth no guts or honor.

        • Hermicane

          everyone else ran too…but none hid and jumped a barrier into traffic to “get away” from the cops. He PURPOSEFULLY did this to be taken down by cops–cops who are DOING THEIR JOB and assholes like Bennett just want to play the race card. I bet it’s KILLING him to learn they were two Hispanic cops and not white!!! Ruins his “race card” hand!!!

      • Craven Morehead

        He ran to elicit a response from police so he could justify disrespecting our flag/Anthem by claiming racial profiling.

      • LEO

        You would be wise to watch all the videos available, the comments made by the police and Bennett’s response. It’s obvious to most without a bias why Bennett is playing this card.

    • Gene Chandler

      They told him to get down, i know his English is good enough to understand after watching him many times on TV. No excuse for his actions or ignorance period. LOSER !!!

      • Jim Marshall

        They gave an order to evacuate. There is film of dozens of people running. You are a bonehead if you don’t hide behind something when you think you heard shots. This man has no criminal record Release the work histories of every officer involved and let’s compare their conduct.

        • skeets2086

          Hey Jim, please tell us your law enforcement training? please tell us your plan arriving at a potential active shooting scene? we will wait

          • Jim Marshall

            Again, everyone has 4th amendment rights. Are you claiming only cops have those rights? Are you claiming only cops get to decide what rights we have?

          • skeets2086

            come on JIM.. Tell us your crowd control experience? Tell us where you teach law? Tell us your law enforcement experience.? I noticed you have not answered it.. why Because you do not have any.. adios JIM.. its GYM time for me.

          • Jim Marshall

            Again. One of the reason folks don’t trust the police is that attitude. Police are accountable to no one and police should be free to break the law to enforce it. Police are supposed to be public seventh. Civilians do not report to, or serve the police

          • skeets2086

            Jim, Jim, you are all over the map.. You have no knowledge of this event. You have no law enforcement experience. Nobody takes you seriouisly.. Now IM off to the gym. There is no need to reply.. Go enjoy your day.

          • Eric Via

            Jim stfu you sound like a broken record, we have heard the same s#it over and over nothing new here.

          • Eric Via

            What’s a seventh? You really believe what you say? Blacks are the most violent people. Are more blacks killed by police officers of by their own people. Hi#l that’s an easy one.

  • Troy

    The police union isn’t going to wait until all of the camera footage is released? That sounds like a bad idea jumping the gun.

    • Ed Albers

      It may well be jumping the gun, but, remember the news cycles. If you wait to get “all” the footage, it could well be 6 months and long gone from most memory banks. Remember the theory of the community organizers. Throw lots of stuff at the wall and some of it will surely stick.

  • Deny

    “It’s not clear why Michael Bennett lied about the situation.” It’s quite clear why he lied…he wants to stir up more racial trouble and ill feelings toward the police. Michael Bennett and racist black people like that make me sick. Until oBOMBa we didn’t have problems between black & white people like we do now. The statues stood for all 8 years while he was president, and the Confederate Flag flew too. The news media carries this race war on and they feed that fire daily. If everybody keeps pushing each other there will be a civil war–and it ain’t gonna be pretty. Is that what they want? It seems so.

    • Hermicane

      Blacks are way more racist than whites, and they always whip out their trusty race card when they have no valid point. Michael Bennett is a coward and race-baiter. He should just STFU and play football.

      • Jim Marshall

        A coward? Cowards single people out out of dozens who are running.

        • Tim Burns

          Bennett was hiding behind a slot machine and when police saw him, he ran from them. He then hurdled a traffic barrier to jump into the street as he ran from police. He did all this on purpose. If he’d been told by the police to evacuate, they wouldn’t have been chasing him. He was acting like he had done something and then ran. Why do you continue to defend him in the face of all the evidence pointing to him being the instigator of these events?

          • Jim Marshall

            Again, there is no evidence other than the word of the police right now. Why should anyone believe their account over Bennett? Someone who says it is impossible for a hispanic officer to profile is either a liar or an idiot. Someone who claims that the LVMPD was not contacted prior to Bennett going public is a liar. The LVMPD and their Union have been caught lying while every element of Bennett’s account thus far has been proven by video evidence to be true. Where is your video evidence that what you are claiming is true? Why has the LVMPD not released all of the footage?

  • informativex

    Michael Bennett let me introduce you to Colin Kaepernick. Colin this is your new pal Michael. You two will be inhabiting a little place we like to call the hurt locker. It’s where we keep entitled worthless lying sacks of shit.

  • Jennifer
    • martin e neltner

      Bennett is a cry baby racist. Stop this foolishness. Support the police
      A real man takes the hit and understands if you are in the line of fire you may be stopped. Simple and it is the fact.

  • Not2pc4U

    Million dollar little Biooootch. What a punk. Thank you officers for what you do, God Bless.

  • FlyingPoisonousTreeKangaroo

    I love how he cites ALL the false narrative cases: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, etc. he listed all criminal punks who got what they had coming.

    • Jim Marshall

      Get what’coming. Selling a cigarette is worth the death penalty? Taking George zimmerman’s side when we’ve all seen his behavior post trial?

      • martin e neltner

        The history shows they were all guilty. Simple. They ran, They disrespect the police. They were the true Nazis

        • Jim Marshall

          Zimmerman was not the police. Why dd he racially profile Martin? Martin had every right to be in the neighborhood. Is it illegal to walk with skittles and iced tea?

          • Rob

            Jimmy Your leaving out a LOT of facts in these statements. And Your Homeboy was the aggressor and Mr.Z was was found Not Guilty in a court of law. Don’t get Your facts from Lil Ray Ray off the streets.

          • Jim Marshall

            wow, your racist friend started that chain of events that night. Again, based on pure cowardice and racism. His conduct since proves just what sort of man he was. And your racism bleeds through your post. Emmet Till killers were equated to, correct? Medgar Evans? Ya’ll applauded when George Wallce stood in that classroom door didn’t you? Just like you marched by torchlight chanting “Jews will not Replace us” in charlottesville. Not a whole lot has obviously changed in the south.

          • FlyingPoisonousTreeKangaroo

            It was Medgar Evers. If you aren’t well-versed in history, try not to cite it. You sure do stretch things to prop up your argument, but then, we’re used to that from your ilk. Always the victim; always pointing the finger at someone else; always whining that your problems arise from someone else’s mistreatment. I don’t think anyone here would ever support a rabid hatemonger like George Wallace, and your holding up the example of Charlottesville–where a very small majority of the protesters were neo-Nazis–is simply more evidence of your determination to exaggerate and misrepresent things to make your own point. Your whining is really just annoying, and is not making anywhere near a convincing argument. I hope it–at least–is helping YOU feel better.

          • alimo27

            Cut the nonsense. Just because someone believes you should live your life based on cultural norms of doing the right thing doesn’t make them racist. All those men that were killed are in part responsible for their own deaths. They did not live lives following the rules of law. They were criminals and therefor acted in a way that didn’t receive respect. Listen to the lyrics in most of those rap songs and you can see why people are turned off by that cultural. Those songs do not promote positive values. They glorify death, gangs, rape, women as being hoes and so on. Such disrespect only creates distrust in the minds of those who listen that believe in laws and respect of those laws. Why is it that the majority of people that are confronted by police don’t die? It is because they show respect and in turn are treated fairly.

      • FlyingPoisonousTreeKangaroo

        Garner died because he was a fat asshole petty criminal. Who gives a shiz what Zimmerman did after the trial, I’m not taking HIS side, just embracing the truth, that Trayvon was a punk who became violent and got killed. Play stupid games…

        • Jim Marshall

          Embracing the truth? A black man can’t walk down the street with skittles and an iced tea? A man with a gun starts a fight and he is in the right? What business did Zimmerman have starting that confrontation? He was not a cop. Martin had every right to be where he was and was breaking no laws when confronted by Zimmerman.

          • skeets2086

            and this has what to do with Trayvon Martin?

          • Jim Marshall

            Why was Trayvon Martin not allowed to walk down a public street where he had every right to be without be accosted by an armed civilian with no authority. Are you claiming black men have to right to walk in public spaces? Are you claiming that civilians have the right not only to carry weapons, but to stop and question other civilians?

          • skeets2086

            again this event in las vegas has what to do with trayvon martin? what is the nexus please?

          • FairisFair

            Now lets be fair. What would happen to a white person walking in a black neighborhood? Before you answer I will tell you from my own personal experience you will get jumped and beat by 5 black guys. Solely because I was in their neighborhood with white skin. This 40 years ago, but I don’t think things have changed much.

          • Steve Smith

            What changed is instead of 5 black guys, could only be 1 or 2 but they will pull a gun on you. then proceed to beat you while robbing you. You will be lucky to keep most ur cloths and not walk away bare foot with only your drawers on.

            As for martin, he was walking around a gated community reportedly lookin in windows and such. That area was also not one HE lived in that he was staying with his dad or something. So hence he would be looked as suspicious walking around an area that no one knows him. As much as you claim didn’t give zimmerman the right, it was what he volunteered to do, didn’t give Martin the right to viciously assault zimmerman but did give zimmerman the right to defend himself. As for the other 2, 1 attacked a cop in his car and tried to grab the cops gun after robbing a store. The last threatened people with a gun hence cops were called and he resisted being arrested and tried to grab the gun. O did we also forget he was a CONVICTED FELONY so he was violating the law and probation (if and likely he was on) to even touch a gun. Story’s start and end with 1 stupid move.

          • FairisFair

            I didn’t mention Martin, I think that was Jim Marshall. Just stating an opinion that people who wander into areas that are from different races, nationalities, even religions always take a chance of incurring the wrath of neighborhood thugs.

          • FlyingPoisonousTreeKangaroo

            Black men have made their own destiny in this day and age. The problem isn’t simply the level of melanin in the skin–though that is the echo-chamber mantra you would have us all believe–it is the culture we see day in and day out. Glorifying violence and toughness over productivity and kindness to your fellow man is not the way to make people want to live with you. Aggressive and inconsiderate behavior makes people suspect black people; NOT because all black people are that way, but because so many are, and those are the ones that are shown most in the media. If the “gangsta” or “thug life” culture is cool to you, then simply own that and be ready for people to approach you with caution. Unfortunately for Trayvon, he ran into a power-tripping asshole, and then HE started a fight. If Trayvon had simply said, “hey man, I’m just coming back from the store with some goodies”, it would have likely been done. Instead, HE became aggressive, and he got shot. As I said, play stupid games… You can feel it in the air, people are growing tired of the entitled attitude and the constant whining of ridiculous groups like BLM. I think you don’t want to keep your foot on the gas, pushing white people. At some point, the liberal guilt shown in the media will be shown to be the actual minority in this country, and shit will start to get real.

        • Jim Marshall

          And who started the confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin? Why was that OK. He was not a LEO, he had no authority, and Martin had every right do be were he was. So you are essentially saying it is good and proper for any civilian to pick up a weapon and harass someone walking down the street? Yeah that will make for a great society.

          • FlyingPoisonousTreeKangaroo

            Are you familiar with how neighborhood watch works? The people that live in the neighborhood all get together and agree to form teams or shifts in-turn to keep an eye out. So Zimmerman DID have the authority of his neighbors to be on the lookout for possible problems. You can’t tell me that ANY middle class neighborhood is going to be comfortable with a black teen roaming around at night, in a hoody, through their streets. It doesn’t matter that he had candy and a soft drink–which was discovered LATER–it mattered who he was and where/when he was. THIS is the problem you create when you embrace thug culture; even if you aren’t a thug, if you choose to look and act like one, it is going to cause people to react. Stop trying to simplify things and simply own the truth: Trayvon was NOT a sweet schoolboy; he was NOT a productive citizen, on his way to better things; he was a punk who thought he was tough and got into a scrap with an unstable idiot who had a gun. I don’t think he deserved to die for it, but you can’t keep saying racism had anything to do with it, or that there is a bounty on black men. Enough of that crap. Take responsibility for the culture, and make an effort to change it.

  • martin e neltner

    Hiding and running is profile of someone with possible motive of guilt. Why did he run? Key issue here and to now claim I am black and singled out . No you ran and then played the blame game. Mentioning the other black guilty men who also ran and were shot suggest he is one one who is racially motivated to use the black racial card. Simply put he like others Steve the racists. What is the end point here? What does he hope to gain?
    Respect the law, respect the police and cooperate. No running away

    • Jim Marshall

      They were ordered to evacuate. There is film of dozens of folks running.

      • martin e neltner

        Do do you know how to read. Who are you defending?. This person who cryed wolf who uses the race card. Be a man and admit you made a mistake. This runner and I suppose you are both racist. support the police

        • Jim Marshall

          How has he cried wolf? He was singled out that is indisputable. Others were running. Why was that body cam not on? Why in the world would the undersheriff make a ridiculous statement like since the officers were hispanic they are incapable of bias. If a photo comes out that shows a single other person hiding or ducking, there was bias. Why are you accepting the word of the police? I’m not accepting anybodies word at this point, but everything about Bennett’s account has been verified by independent video with the exception of the intent of the officers. I love how the police unions are always saying “wait for all the facts” and yet they refuse to wait for all the facts and are swallowing the account of a person who failed to turn on his body cam wholesale.

          • skeets2086

            Yes he was singled out. He was the only black man at the event. Good call

          • Eric Via

            No one said jim was smart

          • Tim Burns

            They “singled him out” because they found him hiding near where they suspected an active shooter was and when he was spotted, he ran from them. How many times do you suppose they shouted at him to stop? He ran and tried to evade the police. Why do you continue to back this idiot?

          • Jim Marshall

            No, he stopped when ordered to. Are you sure he was the only one hiding? Are you going to take the word of an organization that believes it is impossible for a hispanic officer to racially profile? Are you going to believe the detaining officers who did not have their body cams on as required? Are you going to believe an organization that claimed he did not complain about his treatment prior to his public outing of them when his lawyer filed a public records request for body cam footage prior to his going public? For your version to be true, he should have been the only one hiding thinking their were shots. Let see if the video bears that out (and why hasn’t all of that video been released?) Why do LEOs always insist on “waiting for all the facts” while not waiting for all the facts?

  • stxpx

    Bennett’s story that he was released because he proved that he is a “famous” football player is ridiculous; is he stupid enough to think that no pro football players are also criminals?

  • Dr Shoe!

    Who the Fuck is Michelle Bennett and why the fuck does she think We care?

  • Jim Marshall

    The race of the detaining officers rules out racial profiling? That is a stretch. Every bit of his account has video to back it up with the exception of the officers intent. Club goers were told to evacuate, there is video of dozens of folks running from that club, yet he was the only one detained. Why should we believe anything someone who doesn’t turn on his body cam says? If any film comes out of anyone else in that club ducking or hiding behind anything comes out, these cops will have some explaining to do. I’d imagine many people were ducking and hiding when they thought they heard gunshots, but I’ll wait for the film. The LVMPD needs to turn over every bit of video collected to the media so folks can see for themselves whether he was singled out.

    • martin e neltner

      Because you were not there. This is none of your business. Racist person. Support the police. simple and accurate.

      • Jim Marshall

        How is questioning why a person was single out racist? Our rights our everybody’s business. To blindly support the police goes against everything this country was founded on. Are you some form of a Nazi? Do you not believe in the constitution?

        • martin e neltner

          yes i do. That is why i support the police. Since when is supporting the constitution and the police some form of Nazi belief. Did you ever read your history about the Nazi movement. Your comments are without facts. You were not there. Actually you are the Nazi since you promote lies to gain support of your false cause. After all that is what the Nazi did. They created a fake enemy the Jewish. You create the fake enemy the abused black community who has the same opportunities as everyone else. Study your history

          • Jim Marshall

            We should just give the police complete power and trust them blindly? That most certainly is a Nazi belief. Most people were not there when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, were they wrong for protesting? Were the police right for arresting her? The black community has the same opportunities as everyone else? Redlining was happening in my lifetime. Are you claiming that blacks have had the same access to capital and home choices? My god man, Blacks were prevented from living in many communities by their CCRs in my lifetime. Are you claiming that the law is enforced equal for all races? A harvard study and FBI stats prove you wrong:
            https://scholar.harvard.edu/fryer/publications/empirical-analysis-racial-differences-police-use-force

            Are you claiming white people do not Jaywalk? Are you claiming white people do not do drugs? Explain why we are enforcing the law differently for different races.

          • martin e neltner

            No one is giving them complete power. etc Why are you bringing up Rosa Parks? Should i bring up all the Irish conscripts who fought with G Custards and died for no reason. No, the past is over. We need to move on. Oh and redlining has happened to me due to age and yes my prior military experience. The past is over. Come to my community and witness blacks Hispanics, Chinese etc all living in the same neighbor hood. Look at Mike Jackson home, Prince home. Where is the discrimination now? We need to focus on the poor all races, the uneducated all races. Quit making this a black issue. Yes the law is enforced for all races. You are the one blindsided. I am a 67 years old college graduate, i owned a business and lost it due to the economy and lost my job due to age discrimination and now I work as a truck driver. I moved on and work with many wonderful black etc Americans who are pissed about people like you always crying wolf about the past. Its over and lets focus on the future . Oh and Harvard studies are never to be believed. They are a liberal college with bias agendas. For every study done i could create a counter study. Look around and see all the opportunities if you want to try. Quit this bias agenda of you are singled out. You are not singled out. Work within the system. Look at what the Tuskegee airmen did in WW II. They proved themselves worthy by their deeds . They are the example you should follow. Quit being a cry baby, Grow up and join us to fight to improve for everyone. That is what Trump is all about. Support our police and fire fighters

          • Jim Marshall

            That’s what Trump is about? He pardoned Joe Arpiao who racial profiled and continued to do so after being ordered to stop. He attempted to launch an secret investigation in retaliation against that judge. Trump has called for police brutality. Trump put steve cannon in the white house. Trump claimed “good people” marched with the Nazis and KKK. We have Nazis and the KKK marching through or streets by torchlight saying “Jews will not replace us” and racism isn’t a problem. The very conservative supreme court found Racial Gerrymandering, but racism is a thing of the past?

          • martin e neltner

            Right on Trump. Where is your information where he called for police brutality? What rock do you live under. Remember officer Kim in Cincinnati shot by one of your racist friends. Trump stood up for Blacks being killed by your racist friends in Chicago etc. We will not tolerate this racial conformation by you narrow minded racists. Trump did not say that about Nazi and KKK. He simply said they have the right to peaceful demonstration. I hate both groups and so does Trump. i hate Black Lives Matter since they are a racist group. Boy are you in the closet and it appears a very narrow minded and yes a racist person that warrants no more discussion about trying to educate you about the truth. Yes Joe needed pardon for catching illegals. Note i said illegals. You seem to believe everything CNN and other liberal news media say. That is how the Nazi got control. They lied and gained the confidence of the ill informed and then they killed them. Be careful what you listen to. Seek the truth and not bias reports. Study both sides of the ledger. Do you even know what illegal means?

          • Jim Marshall

            Trump calls for police brutality:
            https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/07/29/u-s-police-chiefs-blast-trump-for-endorsing-police-brutality/?utm_term=.df14a1043e3c
            Trump calls those marching with the KKK and Nazi “good people”:
            https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/trump-defends-white-nationalist-protesters-some-very-fine-people-on-both-sides/537012/
            Joe arrested people based on their ethnicity including US citizens. Racial profiling is illegal:

            http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/joe-arpaio-on-false-mcdonalds-arrest-take-all-brown-people-into-custody-release-citizens-later-6500152

            I lived in arizona dude, I know exactly what Joe is. And all of my examples are from Trump’s own mouth. No media interpretation needed. There is video of Trumps “good people” remark, and many of your friends in law enforcement gave Trump and standing ovation when he called for police brutality. There is video of that as well.

            Trump has said he could shoot someone in broad daylight and get away with it, and judging by your comments, there is nothing he can say or do that would be wrong.

          • martin e neltner

            This is the problem. You believe what you read, you don’t understand the meaning and you don’t understand the goal. He is saying what is occurring and you take it out of context. Crooks can shoot someone and get away with it since they have no morals. If you live in Arz you know this to be true. I lived in Arz at one time also and i am aware of what Joe did. He stop crooks from coming to your state. You fail to understand the content of the message that is delivered. Trump is not perfect but he is trying to rid USA of illegals and crooks. Why are you against that idea? If you don’t like the message then work within the process to change the message. Run for a legislature etc. But don’t defend a cry baby, an illegal, a crook without understanding the intent. This football player intent is obvious. He trying to incite a racial overtone because he was not man enough to admit he should have not run. He was ordered not to run but he has no respect for the law so he ran. He is suppose to be a professional. NOT. Be cool dude and give the police a break. You are young. Go be a cop and see first hand what they have to deal with every day.

          • Jim Marshall

            Again, all sorts of folks were running, there is video. There is no law against a Black man running. He broke no laws that evening. There is no doubt whatsoever that he was singled out. The question is why? Isn’t racist to call him a crook? He has no record, and has broken no laws. He followed police orders when ordered to stop and hit the ground. What more is he supposed to do? He was the only one stopped, the only one held at gunpoint. He did not run when ordered not to, that is not the case. He would be dead. That is not even what the police are claiming for god’s sake. The police news conference is online go and watch it. They said he was singled out according to the cops because he was hiding. A rational thing to do when you think there is a shooter. The police ordered and evacuation, dozens of people were running. It is absolutely acceptable and proper to question the police when he was the only one out of dozens of people running who they detained. Especially since the detaining officer turned off or failed to turn on his body cam.

          • skeets2086

            here we go with the NAZI comments..

          • Jim Marshall

            Yeah I’m making it all up. It’s not as if there is video of a bunch of folks with Nazi and KKK flags marching by torchlight is on video. I’m just imagined it.

          • skeets2086

            so now the bennett event has gone from Trayvon martin to kkk and nazis to charlottesville. hahahaha have a great day …

        • skeets2086

          HEY JIM, you keep saying he was singled out? Do you know the race of all the people there? was he the only black person there.. Please tell us

          • Jim Marshall

            Yes it is indisputable that he was singled out. I have not prejudged anything. Are you claiming you know that he was the only person who ducked or hid in any way? Every element of his story has been proven by independent video with the exception of intent. I love how police and their apologists always say, wait for the facts, yet you all are not waiting for the facts. It is reasonable as Bennett was singled out for him to be upset and since they did not take him seriously when he complained to a supervisor the night of, and the detaining officer did not have his body cam on.

          • skeets2086

            agalin jim, do you know the demographics of this event? How was he singled out if there were mutltiple blacks there.. PLease Jim, you are looking more and more foolish.

          • Jim Marshall

            THE POLICE SAID THEY SINGLED HIM OUT!!!!!! HE WAS THE ONLY ONE DETAINED. BY DEFINITION THAT IS SINGLING OUT. I HAVE NOT CLAIMED HE WAS SINGLED OUT BECAUSE OF HIS RACE. THAT IS THE ELEMENT THAT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION. I;M TYPING IN ALL CAPS AS YOU JUST DON’T SEEM TO GET IT. ANYONE WHO HAS A GUN HELD ON THEM AND WAS COMMITTING NO CRIME HAS A RIGHT TO QUESTION THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THIER DETENTION.

  • Vince Cipriano

    another arrogant black guy looking for attention,,, Goodell better step up to the plate and suspend this idiot, who is he anyway…

  • Steve Vise

    “It possible, but appears unlikely from currently released video, that a second officer jammed their knee in his back.”
    To the “journalist” who wrote this article: where did you learn to mix singular and plural pronouns when writing about a singular person? This sentence is extremely clumsy and unprofessional. There are better ways to express ownership when the gender is unknown.
    You could have written it this way:
    “…that a second officer jammed a knee into Bennett’s back.”
    In this way, there is no error of using a plural pronoun as a generic gender substitute, and by using Bennett’s name to show possession of “his” back, the reader is not left with the task of trying to conclude whose back was kneed.

  • Jim Marshall

    Are you denying Sheriff Joe arrested US citizens in his immigration raids, if so you are a flat out liar. I lived in Phoenix while this was going on. He racially profiled. Stop comparing any form of a criminal with the Police. We should have higher standards for the police. I should be able to tell the difference between a gang member and a cop. If you racially profile, you should not be a cop period. I have made no false statements. You have been confronted by Trumps words on film and you still deny them. You are an idot if you believe the choice are to let the police do what ever they want or total anarchy. Police need to follow the law. Police need to stop racially profiling. Obama was not silent on crime. That is nonsense. Just becuase there are murders in chicago does not give the police to break the law all over the country. We watched the police attack a nurse who was following the law and you were silent. WE watched James Blake do nothing more than stand in front of a hotel, and you were silent. Donald Trump denied he knew who David Duke was before super Tuesday, an obvious lie, and you were silent.

  • Nick Nitro

    “Events over the past several years have caused many to question the actions of our officers and has tragically undermined the trust that the public must and should have in their police departments,” said Cunningham at an IACP convention in San Diego, according to the Washington Post. “. . . At its core, policing is a noble profession. At the same time, it is also clear that the history of policing has also had darker periods.”

    Then, the powerful apology.

    “For our part, the first step is for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color,” said Cunningham.

    Terrence M. Cunningham, police chief of Wellesley, Massachusetts and president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, finally provided some, apologizing for years of mistreatment of minorities by law enforcement.

  • ann

    There goes Vegas, should let the mob back in to clean it up

  • Jennifer

    Where have i heard the name Kevin McMahill before? huh?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3cUo_xS-m0&feature=youtu.be

  • Doc

    Don’t expect shit from the NFL and you won’t be disappointed. Especially a fair game. Or refs without a red tipped cane. Or patriotic players. O wait. Felons, you can find them in droves.