ACLU of Nevada statement on Michael Bennett
LAS VEGAS—The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada has not been in contact with NFL player Michael Bennett, but we are concerned about statements he made about his treatment at the hands of Las Vegas police officers.
News reports show a brief video of Michael Bennett being detained by an LVMPD officer in late August after the Mayweather-McGregor match. This morning he said on social media that officers used excessive force against him.
ACLU of Nevada Executive Director Tod Story said:
“The ACLU of Nevada has spoken with LVMPD about this incident, and we were encouraged to learn the department has launched an internal affairs investigation and will share the results of that investigation with the public.”
“Racial profiling by police officers is all too common across the United States. Unfortunately, many people who have their civil rights violated in this manner do not have the resources to demand accountability from the police who serve them. The ACLU of Nevada will continue to fight for police accountability and for reforms to ensure the criminal justice system is fair for everyone, regardless of a person’s ethnicity or the color of their skin.”
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