A Las Vegas Police Department spokesman said Wednesday race was not a factor in the detainment of Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett last month.
“I see no evidence that race played any role in this incident,” Las Vegas Police Department Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said of the Aug. 27 event in a Wednesday press conference.
Police were responding to reports of an active shooter at a Las Vegas casino in the hours following the Aug. 26 fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. As police arrived at the scene, they were met with several people fleeing the casino.
McMahill said an officer saw Bennett crouched down behind a gaming machine and started to run after seeing police. Officers then began to give chase, leading to one officer and Bennett going over a wall and landing on the sidewalk.
Due to his actions, McMahill said police believed he may have involved in the reported shooting. Further investigation revealed there was no actual shooting and patrons were frightened by what had been a loud noise inside the casino.
Bennett was briefly detained at the police department and McMahill said he had no issue with being taken into custody, but did have issue with the manner in which he was detained by the arresting officer.
McMahill reiterated there was no evidence of racial profiling and that both arresting officers are of Hispanic descent. An investigation has been opened, which will include pulling footage of body camera, but that will take “significant effort and time.”
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