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Michael Bennett considering lawsuit against Las Vegas police department after incident

Lucy Burdge
September 13, 2017 - 10:15 am
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Michael Bennett sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News recently and said he was “terrified” during his incident with Las Vegas police last month. He and his lawyer, John Burris, are open to suing the department for the way officers treated Bennett.

Bennett claims the police targeted him because of his race when he ran out of a Las Vegas nightclub after hearing gunshots.

Bennett claims the police targeted him because of his race when he ran out of a Las Vegas nightclub after hearing gunshots. 

"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 in the interview with ABC News' Byron Pitts. "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 said the harsh treatment stopped when officers Googled him and realized who he is. 

"I went from being a black man to a football player," Bennett said. 

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

Bennett also said the experience “changed me, spiritually.” 

"Every time I see my wife, I try to kiss her like it's the first time we ever met," he said. "Every time I play with my daughter I try to hold 'em like they were just born. Because I don't know. And the situation right there just made it a reality for me that ... it could happen at any moment."

He responded to critics who say his decision to sit during the pregame national anthem is un-American. 

"I think it's un-American what happened to me, having guns drawn on me. I say it's un-American what happened to Eric Garner,” Bennett said. “It's un-American, what happened to Trayvon Martin. It's un-American that there's ... no equality for people. What I'm doing is ... it's the most American thing that you could do, is fight for equality for everybody, and have a unity for the country.” 

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