TMZThe Las Vegas Metro Police Dept. says the body cam footage absolutely justifies why police took down Michael Bennett at gunpoint during a search for an active shooter … saying it was NOT about race. Bennett had claimed he was racially profiled in the early hours of August 27 — when cops detained him outside the Cromwell hotel following the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. The footage shows a 3-man police team — made up of 2 hispanic officers and 1 black officer — identify Bennett as a suspicious person who did not get down on the ground as ordered during the hotel sweep. Video shows Bennett crouching and running in the casino before bolting out of a hotel door, jumping over a gate and running to the street. One of the officers quickly asks if the man running had a gun and then gives chase. Once Bennett was detained, cops determined Bennett was not a shooter. They asked for ID. He said, “Michael Bennett. Seattle Seahawks. Look it up.” Cops took his advice and looked him up on their cell phones. Cops say the body cam 100% proves the incident had nothing to do with race. As for Bennett, he told officers he was scared and was only thinking about getting home to his 3 young daughters.
After the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather fight in Las Vegas, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was held by police during an active shooter investigation at the Cromwell Hotel, and after the incident Bennett alleged that he was racially profiled, police used excessive force while taking him down, and that he was held at gunpoint by Las Vegas police. Today, Las Vegas police released body camera footage of the incident, and it becomes immediately clear that Bennett’s account and allegations towards the cops are wildly inaccurate. Bennett is clearly acting suspiciously when he is first seen on the body camera, he does not listen to a police officer’s commands to stop, instead ducking and hiding behind a slot machine. This behavior made police think that Bennett might be the shooter, so they take him down and question him, in a calm and professional manner. Once they identify Bennett, and determine that he is not the shooter, he is released. Michael Bennett is a leader in his community, his voice is respected, and the fact that he used it to make false allegations against police that fit a narrative or to make himself seem like a victim is extremely disappointing.