"The officers did not know who Mr. Bennett was, they just reacted to this suspicious actions", Lombardo said.
Michael Bennett arrest in Vegas caught on cameraThe head of Las Vegas police says officers acted appropriately and professionally detaining Bennett after a report of gunfire at the after-hours club on the Las Vegas Strip.
Sheriff Joe Lombardo showed several clips during the Friday news conference and walked reporters through what was happening from the police viewpoint. Bennett is then shown in a crouched stance hastily moving to hide behind a slot machine at the Crowmell Hotel and Casino.
Bennett has accused police officers of racial profiling, saying they pointed guns at him and used excessive force in the incident, which occurred outside a nightclub after the Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Lombardo made clear that he was not denying Bennett's feelings about the incident, but rather defending the process by which his officers detained Bennett. "Can I just talk to you about it because I didn't do anything ... tell me what I'm being detained for ... he said, 'Why you running?' I said, 'Somebody's shooting, man.' I got three daughters, I want to go home and see my kids".
Bennett said, "I was trying to get out".
"It sucks that the country we live in now sometimes you get profiled for the color of your skin", Bennett said. Then, they asked for ID, and Bennett responded, "Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks, look it up!" It also included footage of the Seahawks' Pro Bowl defensive end face down on the side of a street outside the casino with a officer's gun pointed near his head, and his interaction with officers in and around a patrol vehicle soon after.
Burris has said Bennett will file a federal civil-rights lawsuit and he said Friday "nothing happened today to dissuade us from that".
Bennett's post, titled "Dear World", said, "Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time". That officer did have his weapon drawn, video shows.
The sheriff also confirmed that the officer with his gun drawn forgot to turn his body camera on, therefore, there is no up-close account of their interaction at that time.
Bennett has remained one of the most outspoken pro athletes on numerous social issues. Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her I love her?
There was no shooting; Lombardo said some stanchions holding up ropes to set up lines were knocked on tiled floor.
"I wasn't doing nothing, man", Bennett implores in the video. Like numerous people in the area I ran away from the sound, looking for safety. He said one person is black and the other is Hispanic. Another officer jammed his knee into Bennett's back and handcuffed him, according to Bennett.
Bennett would also raise questions about the two-minute video played by Sherriff Lombardo. It's possible that a different collection of video might reflect differently on the incident. "What happened to Michael is a classic illustration of the reality of inequalities demonstrated daily", said Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. They ran in vs. away. The officers saw Bennett running at the scene and eventually held him for about 10 minutes, seven of which he spent handcuffed in the back of a patrol auto, Lombardo said.
Lombardo said two additional patrons were detained in a similar manner as Bennett.
Speaking during a news conference Friday, Lombardo said his officers had reasonable suspicion to detain Bennett after he ran from officers investigating a reported shooting in a casino.
The LVMPD would further highlight that Bennett does not appear to have suffered any injuries from the incident. He is also an attorney and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and co-author with Ed O'Bannon of the forthcoming book Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA and My Life in Basketball.