Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has made it known that he’s very disturbed by some of the police brutality incidents that have been happening in America recently — and apparently he himself was the subject of alleged racial profiling less than two weeks ago. On Wednesday, Bennett released a statement on Twitter in which he described police holding a gun to his head, putting a knee in his back, securing handcuffs so tight that his fingers went numb, and that he was told by them that they’d “blow (his) fucking head off.”
The full statement by Bennett (Warning: NSFW Language):
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Update: TMZ has released a video showing Bennett being handcuffed, asking the officer if he had even asked him any questions, and calling him “sir.”
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out Bennett and his lawyer’s official press release on the incident:
Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick, who inspired Bennett and many others to sit or kneel or lock arms during the national anthem to raise awareness on police brutality, tweeted out support of Bennett at this time:
This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people. pic.twitter.com/TqXFiso6lk— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 6, 2017
Bennett and his lawyers are asking for Las Vegas police to release the body cam footage of the incident, clearly not afraid that his statement will ring 100% true when that becomes public.
Michael Bennett has retained Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris, who calls for Vegas PD to release cops' body camera footage.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 6, 2017
Here’s the statement by his brother Martellus Bennett on Instagram (Warning: NSFW Language):
martellusbVia @mosesbread72 the call that night was a scary one. The emotion and the thought of almost losing you because of the way you look left me in one of the saddest places ever. I could hear the fear in your voice, the tears in your eyes as well your sprinting heart beat. I can't imagine how the people who lost their loved ones felt when they got the call. A lot of people feel like it couldn't happen to them because of status, neighborhood ("tghat only happens in the hood") or whatever, but it all honesty YOU could be next. I COULD BE NEXT. YOUR SON, DAUGHTER, BROTHER, FATHER, GRANDPA, SISTER, COUSIN could be next. I'm sad that you have to share this type of experience with the world but at the same time I'm happy that it happened to you and you lived to talk about it because we all know you're going to talk about it. Lol. The conversation is growing and I'm glad your voice is one of the ones being heard. You are as real as they come, well at least how they used to come. I encourage you to Continue telling your story and the stories of those that came before. I love you very much @mosesbread72 to me you're much more than a nigger.
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Full Statement again: