Activists Demand The Names Of Las Vegas Police Threatening Michael Bennett Jr.
With the police still attempting to get NFL defensive end Michael Bennett Jr. in trouble for their own wrongdoings, Black Lives Matter has stepped in to call for action.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors-Brignac has authored a petition to help embattled NFL defensive end Michael Bennett Jr. get justice after Las Vegas police held him at gunpoint for being black and “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
To date, 45,972 signatures have called for the names of the Las Vegas police officer responsible for such a heinous act. Here’s what the Black Lives Matter-authored petition says:
Police brutalizing Black people is endemic in the United States. Last Saturday police terrorized 6’4 ft, 274 lbs NFL star Michael Bennett “for walking while Black”. This latest incident stands as a testament to the police violence targeting Black people in the United States.
Last Saturday, I received an urgent call from Michael Bennett immediately after he was assaulted by police officers in Las Vegas. Michael was leaving the Mayweather-McGregor fight and walking back to his hotel when reported shots fired. He ran for cover and continued walking once he believed he was safe. Unexpectedly, Michael was ordered to lay on the ground by an officer who then held a gun to his head yelling, “Don’t move or I will blow your fucking head off!” Officers then tossed Michael into a squad car, only to later release him once he was identified as a famous NFL star. Immediately fearing retaliation for their use of excessive force, the officers lied and told Michael they assaulted him for his own protection.
As a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network, I receive countless calls from victims and families of police violence. We’ve worked relentlessly to provide folks with emotional support and connect them to policy advocates and lawyers. Yet, often our efforts to hold police accountable are prevented by the state’s lack of transparency. But for Michael’s case, transparency is the first step in the fight for justice.
Demand the Las Vegas Police Department releases Michael Bennett’s police footage and the names of the officers involved now!
As we reported these past few days, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department attempted to lie on the Seattle Seahawks defensive end by saying that he may have been involved in a fight at a Vegas casino on the evening in question. Its police union even wrote a letter directly to the NFL saying that Bennett made “false and defamatory” comments against the LVMPD.
Sign the petition, tell a friend and help get retribution and justice for Michael Bennett Jr.