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Michael Bennett likely to sue Las Vegas PD, his attorney says

Sporting News logo Sporting News 9/14/2017 Kirstie Chiappelli

Michael Bennett © (Getty Images) Michael Bennett Michael Bennett could be taking action against the Las Vegas Police Department.

John Burris, the defensive end's attorney, told ABC News this week he will likely file a lawsuit for his client following the Aug. 27 incident in which Bennett claimed was handcuffed and threatened by police.

"Unless something changes drastically that we don't know of, we're gonna file a lawsuit," Burris said.

Bennett said the nature of the event last month has stuck with him and caused him to fear for his life.

"I'm just thinking in my head, there's like, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, all these people, these people that have been through this," Bennett said. "I'm terrified. 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 was detained early Aug. 27 for fleeing from a Las Vegas casino amid reports of an active shooter following the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight. The 6-4, 274-pound defenseman claimed police singled him out and pointed their guns at him "for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Bennett said an officer in the area stopped him and ordered him to get on the ground before putting a gun to his head and threatening to shoot him if he moved. He said a second officer then "forcefully jammed his knee" into his back as they handcuffed him. Bennett claimed he repeatedly asked the officers what he had done but was instead told to shut up, though he was eventually released after the officers confirmed his identity.

The LVPD later said it conducted an investigation into Bennett's claims and said racial profiling was not a factor in the incident. Detective Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protection Association, asked the NFL to "conduct an investigation, and take appropriate action, into Michael Bennett’s obvious false allegations against our officers." The league promptly responded, saying it would not.

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