Two years before the Raiders are scheduled to make the move to Sin City, the Las Vegas police union demanded the National Football League commissioner investigate Michael Bennett's "false accusations against our police officers".
Bennett on Wednesday detailed via Twitter an incident in which he was held on the ground with a gun pointed at his head while the Las Vegas police investigated if he was a suspect in a reported active shooter at the Cromwell Casino on August 27 - Bennett was in Las Vegas to attend the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. Undersheriff Kevin McMahil denied officers singled out Bennett because of his race and said Wednesday the department has opened an internal investigation into the matter.
In a statement released Wednesday, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) said it was made aware of Bennett's allegations only after the post went viral.
"I can tell you as I stand here today that I see no evidence of that".
"I see no evidence that race played any role in this incident", instead pointing out that during the search, "officers evacuated people of many races and that both officers involved in the incident are of Hispanic origin", he added. However, McMahill says investigators are reviewing more than 120 videos of the incident. I don't believe that.
Before this incident, Bennett had been a longstanding critic of police brutality. He said that the officers involved were operating in a hectic scene - responding to shots of gunfire - which turned out to be bogus - inside the adjoining casino and hotel where Bennett was staying.
Because he ran, McMahill said, Bennett's actions were considered suspicious. McMahill said as teams swept the casino floor, they encountered Bennett crouched behind a slot machine, and that Bennett ran as police approached.
Bennett said that after obeying an instruction by a police officer to get on the ground, the same officer held a gun to his head and warned he would "blow my fucking head off". They are trying to patrol the city, just trying to keep the city safe...
"I find that pretty shocking", Bennett's high-profile Oakland attorney John Burris told KTVU on Thursday regarding the body camera void, after watching a video of the Las Vegas news conference.
The police union, following the police department's Wednesday press conference documenting its side of the story, minces no words in its criticism of Bennett.
"The officers' excessive use of force was unbearable", Bennett wrote.
"This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust", he wrote.
Last month, Martellus offered his support for Michael's decision not to stand during the national anthem, even though Martellus has not replicated his brother's actions.
"We hope that you'll be judged on the content of your character, not the color of your skin, but sometimes you get judged on that, and that's the reality that I live in", the two-time Pro Bowler said.