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People Cry Racism After Black NFL Player Arrested By Police - There's Just One Problem

A recent arrest has led an NFL player to accuse police of racially profiling him.

Sometimes what happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas. At least, it won't if this NFL player gets his way. When he and his friends were returning back to their hotel from the Mayweather-McGregor fight and shots were fired, he was singled out among the scattering crowd by police and arrested.

Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett released a statement on Twitter complaining about police handling of an incident in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 6. The Super Bowl champ says as the crowd left the arena after the big fight, which drew many celebrities and sports fans to the city, someone fired shots. In fear and confusion, the crowd began to scatter in a panic.

Bennett was one of the individuals trying to run away from the sound of gunfire to seek shelter. Unfortunately, he didn't get very far. He was quickly singled out by the Las Vegas Police. He says he's just a 'black man in the wrong place at the wrong time'.

In the letter addressed to the world, Bennett explains, "A police officer ordered me to get on the ground. As I laid on the ground, complying with his commands to not move, he placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would 'blow my f-cking head off.' Terrified and confused by what was taking place, a second officer came over and forcefully jammed his knee into my back making it difficult for me to breathe. Then they cinched the handcuffs on my wrists so tight that my fingers went numb."

Bennett says the officers used excessive force and he felt helpless. He also feared that he could be killed, thinking about all the deaths of unarmed black people. "My life flashed before my eyes as I thought of my girls. Would I ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her I love her?"

A video of Bennett's arrest has surfaced and was posted to Twitter. It shows an officer with his knee planted on the NFL player's back as he cuffs the nervous man. Another officer holds a gun at Bennett's head.

"I wasn't doing nothing, man," Bennett tried to explain. "They told us to get out, everybody ran."

Bennett, like so many other NFL stars, has 'opted out' of the National Anthem in recent years, refusing to salute the flag in a country in which so many people face injustice. This incident has only solidified those sentiments. "The system failed me. I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Charleena Lyles felt," he wrote.

"I have retained Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burns to investigate and explore all my legal options including filing a civil rights lawsuit for the violation of my constitutional rights," the football star concludes.

The Las Vegas police have refused to comment.

Source: Elite Daily
Photo: TMZ Screenshot

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