Last week, Michael Bennett shared with everyone the recent encounter he had with Las Vegas police where he says he was racially profiled and handcuffed as police had their weapons drawn.
In a recent interview with ABC News’ Bryon Pitts, the defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks explained the incident in detail and what it was like having to explain racial profiling to one of his daughters.
During the interview said, “I’m just thinking in my head, there’s like, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people that have been through this.”
He continued, “I’m literally just, like, worried if I make the wrong decision … if I move too fast, if I twitch, and somebody says I’m resisting … because I’m a big guy, you know what I’m saying?”
Bennett said during the August 27th incident he was at a Las Vegas casino when he heard people panicking and saying they heard gunfire. He described the scene as chaotic and said he ran to the door and leapt over a ledge when police addressed him with force and singled him out.
Video obtained by TMZ, and body cam footage shows Bennett on the ground as an officer handcuffed him. Bennett said police eventually Googled him to confirm that was him.
“I went from being just a black man to being a football player, “said Bennett.
The Las Vegas Police Department held a press conference where they denied racial profiling played a role in the incident and claims Bennett was “running and acting suspiciously.”
Bennett also talked about what it was like to talk about the incident with his 10-year-old daughter.
He said, “It was an emotional thing for me to sit there and have to sit her down and explain to her about stereotypes, and racially profiling and what it means to be … a black man in America, and what it means for her to be a young black woman as she grows up in this country.”
Bennett’s lawyer John Burris said unless something changes drastically that they don’t know of, they plan to file a lawsuit.
Check out the interview below: