The Las Vegas Police Union issued a strongly-worded statement Thursday condemning Michael Bennett and his claim that he was abused both verbally and physically by a Las Vegas police officer.
Bennett characterized his treatment as a racial issue and very harsh. The statement from police requested an investigation into Bennett’s “obvious false allegations against our officers.”
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Bennett claims he was targeted due to his race, then the officer put a knee in the back of his neck and verbally accosted him. He then claims he was put in a squad car until police eventually let him go. There are discrepancies between Bennett and Detective Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association.
In Grammas’s account, Bennett only began running when officers turned toward him. At that point, Grammas said, the officers “had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting.”
Grammas does not refute Bennett’s account of the specific treatment he received at the hands of the officers.
On the field, Bennett’s Seahawks open against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
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