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On the night of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas, Michael Bennett was allegedly arrested for being Black in America. Following the fight, a reported shooting occurred on the Las Vegas strip and dozens of police appeared on the scene. One police officer approached Bennett and placed handcuffs on his wrists. The officer threatened to shoot and kill Bennett.

Bennett used social media to share his story of what occurred on that night.

“I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do,” Bennett wrote. “This fact is unequivocally, without question why before every game, I sit during the national anthem–because equality doesn’t live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, or how much you give, when you are seen as a ‘N—–.’

Bennett said that he is considering a lawsuit against the Las Vegas Police Department.  Here is Bennett’s letter in full.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • Jason

    Is it me, or would we all like to see how tough the cop that talked that crap to Bennett would be if they were in a room 1-on-1 without the cop having all his guns and backup?

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  • SrAgri

    If Bennett’s allegations are correct, the police officers should be disciplined. The video footage that I have seen on the news so far just shows the arrest and does not indicate what led up to it.

    I don’t understand in the letter why Bennett references Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Charleena Lyles. Just because they are all black people who were shot does not mean that it was the same scenario.

  • Kevin Guines

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  • VB

    Wake up call for Bennett and all other Black athletes and entertainers. You’ll think because you’re wealthy and semi famous White cops automatically know who you’re or care who you’re or respect you. To them you’re an ordinary Black dude , get over yourself!

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