Po­lice: No ev­i­dence Ben­nett mis­treated

Tampa Bay Times - - Sports -

Po­lice acted ap­pro­pri­ately and pro­fes­sion­ally de­tain­ing Sea­hawks de­fen­sive end Michael Ben­nett when he ran from a Las Ve­gas casino as of­fi­cers searched for an ac­tive shooter, Clark County Sher­iff Joe Lom­bardo said Fri­day. Lom­bardo said a re­view of hun­dreds of videos found no ev­i­dence that the three of­fi­cers who had di­rect con­tact with Ben­nett early Aug. 27, in the hours af­ter the Floyd May­weather

Conor McGre­gor fight, racially pro­filed him, used ex­ces­sive force or threat­ened to blow his head off, as Ben­nett said. Ben­nett didn’t com­mit a crime, the sher­iff said. But the former Buc was hand­cuffed at gun­point and held for about 10 min­utes in the back of a pa­trol car un­til po­lice con­cluded that the re­ported gun­fire was re­ally the sound of vel­vet rope stands knocked to a tile floor. Ben­nett’s at­tor­ney,

John Bur­ris, said he wants to re­view videos more closely but be­lieves the clips shown at Lom­bardo’s news con­fer­ence ver­i­fied Ben­nett’s ac­count. See a video of the clips at tam­pabay.com/sports.

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