He was among a crowd fleeing the Cromwell Hotel and Casino after it was believed gunfire had been unleashed. In a note posted on Twitter, the two-time Pro Bowler said an officer singled him out from the crowd, forced him to the ground, handcuffed him, and threatened to “blow [his] f**king head off.”
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
A video uncovered by TMZ shows an officer cuffing Bennett as the NFL star tells the cop “I wasn’t doing nothing” and explains why he, like everyone else, was running from what guests and police thought was gunfire.
The police later determined no shots had been fired at the casino.
A separate video, recorded from another officer’s body camera, was revealed by Undersherriff Kevin McMahill of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in a press conference on Wednesday. The video is over four minutes long and shows customers fleeing the scene. In the last two seconds, there’s a quick glimpse of Bennett on the ground with an officer standing over him, holding what looks like his gun above Bennett.
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 7, 2017
McMahill told reporters there were 126 videos of the entire incident at the casino to review, but that they hadn’t yet found a single one showing the initial contact between Bennett and police. Conveniently, the arresting officer didn’t have his body camera turned on. McMahill said he doesn’t know why that was the case.
With so many people fleeing the scene, reporters wanted to know why Bennett, one of many NFL players who’ve protested police brutality during pregame renditions of the national anthem, was singled out from the crowd.
“I really can’t answer that as yet,” McMahill said. “That’s exactly what we’d like to hear from Mr. Bennett as well.”