Ve­gas sher­iff: No ev­i­dence of­fi­cers mis­treated player

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

LAS VE­GAS » Po­lice acted ap­pro­pri­ately and pro­fes­sion­ally de­tain­ing Seat­tle Sea­hawks de­fen­sive end Michael Ben­nett when he ran from a casino as of­fi­cers searched for an ac­tive shooter fol­low­ing a re­port of gun­fire at an after-hours club on the Las Ve­gas Strip, the head of the Las Ve­gas Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment said Fri­day.

A re­view of hun­dreds of videos, in­clud­ing po­lice body-worn cam­eras, found no ev­i­dence that the three of­fi­cers who had di­rect con­tact with the NFL star early Aug. 27 pro­filed Ben­nett by race or used ex­ces­sive force, Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo said.

“Mr. Ben­nett has a valid per­spec­tive as a per­son who experienced a rea­son­able-sus­pi­cion stop for a felony crime,” Lom­bardo told re­porters. “Those who ex­pe­ri­ence such a stop, espe­cially when they have not com­mit­ted a crime, are not likely to feel good about it.”

Ben­nett com­mit­ted no crime, the sher­iff said. But he was ar­rested at gun­point, hand­cuffed and de­tained.

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