An online petition is demanding Metro Police release all video evidence, along with the names of officers involved with a high-profile incident involving NFL star Michael Bennett on the Las Vegas Strip last month.
The petition, created by Patrisse Cullors-Brignac, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network had more than 63,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
“Police brutalizing black people is endemic in the United States,” the petition claims. “This (Bennett) incident stands as a testament to the police violence targeting black people in the United States.”
Bennett claims he was profiled and threatened by officers by officers responding to reports of a shooting inside the Cromwell Casino in the early-morning hours of August 27th. The Seahawks defensive lineman claims he was targeted because he is African American.
Metro has launched an internal investigation into the two officers who briefly detained Bennett that morning. Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said race is not a factor. McMahill said Bennett hid behind a slot machine and ran as officers approched, leading them to believe Bennett was possibly involved in the shooting.
The petition said getting Metro to release the names of officers involved, along with video evidence, will ensure justice.
“We’ve worked relentlessly to provide folks with emotional support and connect them to policy advocates and lawyers,” the petition states. “Yet, often our efforts to hold police accountable are prevented by the state’s lack of transparency.”
Metro Police are under no obligation to release details based on the success of the petition. Investigators have said they are reviewing more than 120 video clips of the incident, but that the officer who first made contact with Bennett did not activate his body camera.