October 2, 2017

One of the most frustrating aspects of the current wave of NFL protests is when their defenders attempt to paint fans who complain as racist or uncaring about police brutality. I believe there are very few Americans who condone racism or think that any bad cops who target people because of their race shouldn’t be held accountable. I further believe that most football fans have no problem with athletes expressing their opinions off the field. What upsets them is bringing personal causes into a game that should be free of any political issues, especially when players protest in a way that disrespects the flag and the National Anthem.

That said, it makes matters even worse when people make false allegations of racist brutality against police who actually were just doing their jobs in a professional manner. On that front, Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett has some explaining (and some apologizing) to do. Last month, Bennett claimed on Twitter that Las Vegas police pointed guns at his head, cursed him and physically abused him “for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He claimed he never received “any legitimate justification for the Officers’ abusive conduct.”

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Well, the LVPD just released the video footage of that incident, and it tells a very different story (you can watch it at the link). The cops were responding to a shooting at a casino. They had ordered everyone to stay on the floor for their own safety. Instead, Bennett jumped up and ran. They tackled him and cuffed him because, for all they knew, he might have been the shooter trying to escape. The video shows that they took him to a squad car. An officer then came to make sure his cuffs weren’t hurting him and politely tried to explain that he was not under arrest, just detained until they figured out what was going on, and that they didn’t have time to question him right away because there was a shooting going on. It was hard to get that message across because Bennett was babbling so hysterically, he wouldn’t shut up and listen. But once they got a positive ID on him, they released him.

Last night, we got a horrifying example, multiplied times over one hundred, of what the police face in an active shooting situation, in trying to identify the source of the danger while keeping civilians safe and staying alive themselves. By coincidence, this was again in Las Vegas, but police everywhere know they can face this anytime, and that at any moment, some person they are dealing with might be the last human they ever see on Earth. It requires split-second, life-or-death decisions. Sure, some bad apple cops may need to be weeded out. But the vast majority are doing a dangerous job to keep the rest of us safe, and they do it with an amazing level of calm and professionalism.

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The best way to come out of a confrontation with the police unharmed is to cooperate and do what they tell you. And the best way to make their job even more dangerous is to spread false accusations about them that rile up the public against the police for no legitimate reason.



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  • Billie Jeanne Williams

    10/18/2017 12:56 AM

    Every first responder has the right to go home to their family at night. Civilians NEED to respect that. Until you have taken "Shoot -Don't shoot training" and see and feel what they do and make the decisions they need to make, you just don't have room to talk.

  • Alfred A Mitchell

    10/04/2017 09:00 AM

    I am a black man and I am sick to death of blacks getting up in arms every time someone gets arrested. People only get arrested for commiting crimes. I live in North Carolina suburbs. The police never bother me because I DON'T COMMIT CRIMES!

  • Betty Jane Swisher

    10/03/2017 08:01 PM

    I except what the police have to do and by example they treat everyone the same specially when their is danger for the general public . I have the highest respect for the police and the first responders . I pray for them daily keeping them safe and us too .

  • Judi Fey

    10/03/2017 03:09 PM

    His team should make him do a public apology since he doesn't have the guts to do that himself. Totally sick of the liberal mentality that is rampant.

  • Therese Davis

    10/03/2017 02:51 PM

    How many people will ever know the rest of the story...I'm sure this will NOT be on the news to be shared.

  • Mary Westcott

    10/03/2017 01:18 PM

    Thank you for presenting the facts surrounding this incident. False accusations against police ultimately hurt everyone. If you cry "Wolf" too many times, eventually no one will pay attention.

    Respect for authority is often lacking in our culture. Respect is basic to an orderly society. There is a time and a place to address wrongs or perceived wrongs. It is not in the heat of the battle. In this situation, Mr. Bennett brought emotional stress upon himself by his failure to respect authority. He then compounded the problem by falsely accusing officers who were trying to protect him and others from a dangerous situation.

  • Kevin

    10/03/2017 01:07 PM

    The police officers were amazingly calm and professional. A credit to them as civil servant heros.

    Bennett on the other hand, he is just another whinny follower of liberal hate for authorities and moral behavior

  • Tammy Hickman

    10/03/2017 12:01 PM

    My take on this situation is to look at how elite athletes receive special treatment their entire lives. Years before they play in the NFL. If they break laws, their coaches and athletic supporters work hard for a cover-up. They don't ever have to be responsible for their bad behavior. So they are taught it's ok to lie because they are special, they are different, they are better than the "rest of us". He should hold a press conference and apologize to every police officer on LVPD, and apologize to the "rest of us" for lying about what happened. I realize that will not happen, but it should.

  • Patsy Campbell

    10/03/2017 08:51 AM

    Again a black man thinks he doesn't have to obey a police officer them all he can do is say me me me instead of letting the officers do their job... He thinks he is above the law because is a rich NFL player... That is why people get shot when an officer says get down do it ... Expect to get shot if to run ...stupidity runs deep

  • Rebecca Scott

    10/03/2017 07:45 AM

    The truth comes out, right ? He better be thanking God police did not shoot him and he has another day of life.