Michael Bennett, The NFL and the End of Policing

Michael Bennett Sr., the Seahawks star’s father, told Ben Baskin of Sports Illustrated he encouraged his son to make the story public.

“I didn’t even know there was a video“, Martellus said in quotes reported by ESPN. “You never know these days”. I was here with my friends.

“Reference a statement made by Michael Bennett, this case is under investigation”, the police department said on Twitter.

The NFL says there is “no basis” for a personal conduct investigation against Michael Bennett after the head of the union that represents Las Vegas police officers asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate and “take appropriate action” against the Seattle Seahawks defensive end for alleging officers racially profiled him in an incident after the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on August 26. I can understand a white person not understanding how this happens.

We suppose the only saving grace about this incident today is that President Obama didn’t get in front of a microphone and launch into the institutional racism of law enforcement rant which unfortunately was common until this year.

“It’s a traumatic experience for me, my family and it sucks that the country that we live in now sometimes you get profiled for the color of your skin”, Bennett said Wednesday at the Seahawks’ practice facility in Renton, Wash. “As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would ‘blow my fucking head off'”.

She wrote: “Unlike our judicial system, the social media mob’s mentality is guilty before proven innocent, especially with police officers”.

Bennett said he was singled out by police from among several hundred people running from the casino.

Body cameras are now worn by more than half the department’s more than 2,600 sworn police officers, who cover a metropolitan area of 2 million residents that receives more than 40 million tourists a year. “Thus, it’s hard to imagine one person in that crowd being singled out exclusively for the color of his skin”. “I do believe that and I’m just focused on trying to push forward and keep continuously championing the quest for justice for people, keeping pushing equality for oppressed people and that’s what I am about and going to keep doing”.

The union’s letter, authored by Detective Steve Grammas, claims police had “reasonable suspicion” to detain Bennett while they determined if he was a suspect. He is just one of very many NFL players who have followed Colin Kaepernick’s example of sitting, kneeling, or otherwise ignoring the National Anthem before each football game.

Bennett said he had feared death during the incident as his life flashed before him.

Bennett isn’t seen until the very end of the clip, being handcuffed as he lies prone in a traffic lane on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Burris said in a phone interview with the Seattle Times on Thursday that he didn’t put much stock in the impact of letter because “I don’t give a lot of credibility to unions because they always support the police no matter what”.

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