Vegas Police Officer leaves Body Camera Off during altercation with Michael Bennett. (Video)
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced an investigation has been launched after Seahawks star Michael Bennett alleged that two officers racially profiled him for being a black man. Additionally, he accused the officers of police brutality for allegedly making a verbal death threat while pointing a hand gun at his head, all while jamming a knee into his back as he lay face down. The LVPD vehemently denied the allegations and immediately tried to shoot down Bennet's (and the NFL's) character as a way of downplaying the incident. Detective Steve Grammas penned an open letter on behalf of the LVPD, requesting an investigation into Bennett's claims.
Grammas asked the NFL take appropriate actions into Michael Bennett’s "obvious false allegations against our officers.” The letter went on to say, “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.” It even went so far as to deny racial profiling because both of the officers involved were minorities.
Bennett has already hired a civil rights attorney and plans of fighting for his rights in a court of law, and the arresting officer may have made that path easier. It turns out that the officer did not have his body camera on during the incident with Bennett. Luckily, everything was filmed by a bystander watching on. According to police, the officers were responding to a chaotic scene but used to undertones of racism.