Prosecutor Drops Charges After Grand Jury Indicts NFL Player Michael Bennett

Prosecutors dropped a felony charge against Michael Bennett for allegedly pushing an attendant.

Houston, TX – Prosecutors announced April 3 that they were dropping the charges against National Football League (NFL) player Michael Bennett, who was accused of injuring a handicapped senior citizen at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Bennett was indicted by a grand jury in March of 2018 on one count of intentional injury to the elderly, according to KIRO.

The charge carries a penalty of up a fine of up to $10,000, and 10 years in prison.

The Harris County district attorney said the decision to ultimately dismiss the charge against the football player was made after they reviewed the video evidence.

"After looking at all the evidence and applying the law, a crime could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt," said Vivian King, the chief of staff for the district attorney, according to KIRO. "There was probable cause to warrant a charge initially, but after a careful review of all the pre-charge and post-charge evidence, we cannot prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt. We dismissed the case in the interest of justice."

The Harris County district attorney had initially issued a warrant for the arrest of the 33-year-old Philadelphia Eagle after the grand jury indictment.

Bennet was traded to Philadelphia by the Seattle Seahawks shortly before the Super Bowl.

Police said that on Feb. 5, 2017, Bennett traveled to Houston to cheer for his brother, Marcellus Bennett, who played for the New England Patriots.

After the Patriots won the game, fans attempted to swarm the field, and were held back by NRG Stadium’s security team.

Bennett was told to use a different entrance for access to the field but he shoved his way through security and onto the field, KHOU reported.

In the process of pushing his way through security, it was alleged that Bennett injured a 66-year-old paraplegic woman working with the team.

Bennett’s attorney called the incident “a total misunderstanding,” according to KIRO.

"There were numerous relatives of New England players who were authorized to be down on the field after the game that went through a door this lady was guarding," Hardin said, according to KIRO. "And whatever happened to her, whatever type of event occurred, it was not done by Michael and this dismissal confirms that."

This was not Bennett’s first run in with law enforcement.

In September of 2017, Bennett was in trouble with Las Vegas Metro PD after he lied about what happened when he was detained for about 10 minutes during an active-shooter situation.

Shortly after the incident, Bennett released a statement complaining that he had been racially profiled.

He accused the Las Vegas Metro officers of pointing their guns at him for "doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time."

He claimed that the officers used excessive force which had been “unbearable,” and wrote that he thought he was going to die during the incident.

“My life flashed before my eyes as thought of my girls. Would ever play with them again? Or watch them have kids? Or be able to kiss my wife again and tell her love her?” his dramatic statement read.

He announced that he had hired civil rights attorney John Burris, who represented Rodney King against Los Angeles, to explore legal remedies for what he called “civil rights violations.”

Shortly thereafter, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department clapped back, and announced they had bodycam video and information which made it clear that Bennett was fabricating much of his story.

The Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking for an investigation into Bennett’s false accusations.

“We believe that a fair investigation will establish that our officers responded to one of the most dangerous calls a law enforcement officer can be assigned- an active shooter firing rounds in a crowded casino,” the letter said.

Then the letter went on to explain what had brought Bennett to the officers’ attention in the middle of an active-shooter situation.

“As our uniformed officers entered the casino, they observed Bennett hiding behind a slot machine. When officers turned towards Bennett, he bolted out of the casino, leaped over four (4) foot barrier wall, and hid from officers as he crouched close to the wall on the sidewalk,” the letter informed the NFL boss.

“I am sure that your attorney will tell you, our officers had reasonable suspicion, which is the constitutional standard, to detain Bennett until they could determine whether he was involved in the shooting,” the letter said. “Our officers, who are both minorities, had the legal right, and obligation, to detain Bennett based upon the nature of the call and Bennett's unusual and suspicious actions. Our officers did not detain Bennett because he was, ‘a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.’"

The letter said that Michael Bennett's claim that the officers were racists was false and offensive, and asked the football league to take action against the player.

The Seattle Seahawks and NFL backed Bennett despite proof that much of his story was false.

Police reviewed surveillance footage from more than 120 cameras and determined the officers had behaved appropriately.

Comments (28)
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NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Caved to the NFL scum! Sickening! If there was not enough for the conviction then why did the DA present it to the Grand Jury. Because the DA was hoping they would No Bill it and let him go but after the indictment the DA was screwed and so King dropped the charges. How dishonest can our court system get!?!?

NW tinner
NW tinner

Of course they dropped the charges! Pathetic...

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Hmm! Used the Smollett defense?

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

I am sure the fact that these are elected district attorneys in areas with predominantly black voters has nothing to do with them letting black thugs, liars and dirtbags go without charges over and over again. . .

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This mother fucker too!? “Because I’m black?” Really? This is getting fucking old already. First of all, I think NFL players make too much money for the shot they do, run up and down the field catching a ball, hitting each other. Try doing CPR on a gunshot victim or protecting someone who can’t protect themselves? How about maybe something easy, run towards an active shooter in a mall and stop the person from killing other people. Then tell me if you deserve thousands or millions of dollars that you spend on a fucking car that you barely drive, a “iced out” watch, or a fucking home theater that you never use. This is not the 1800’s, 1900’s or back in the day. Get out of living in the past. You guys are riding a story of what you’ve only heard from your grandparents. “Because you’re black” give me a fucking break already. Yeah fine you got away with injuring an elderly person, but to try and say you are detained because you are black? You don’t think it was because you are hiding behind a slot machine and ran? I’m sure you aren’t the only black persons in the casino. Did every other black person run too? Fucking pathetic. And Fuck the Seahawks and NFL also.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Black privilege ......The more these lowlifes cry the blues the more you see/read about episodes such as this. No more sympathy for these scum.

Texan Blue
Texan Blue

Another wealthy celebrity-thug athlete gets let-off to harm or rape someone else in the near future....I’m so sick of this schidt.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Another oppressed thug that gets away with bullying people. He will run across the wrong person one day and they will handle him the way he needs to be handled.

spd522
spd522

Blacks can do no wrong when you have black DAs. Had a white player done that to an elderly black woman, there would be riots in the street if charges were dropped.

Gramercy
Gramercy

Too bad....his Las Vegas debacle.. its one more brick laid on the false pathway of "racism," constructed fraudulently by many who care to claim that their treatment has no other basis. The NFL should have taken action, even in the form of an apology to the officers, as well as the Seahawks. "Players" are not/should not/cannot be above suspicion for any reason. Justice and laws should prevail.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another overpaid, underworked, entitled, so-called athelete being an idiot.....again. Member of the National Felon League.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

National Felon League.

Yell2017
Yell2017

Obviously the grand jury disagreed. Whose pocket is the prosecutor in?

5150
5150

Another black "celebrity" getting away with anything and everything.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't it the solicitor that makes the 1st call if he thinks a charge should go before the grand jury? and if the grand jury thinks there is enough evidence under code of law he supposed to prosecute the criminal right? Well i wonder why we even have the grand jury because of here lately in the snowflakes city's the solicitor turns them lose smooches smollett in Chicago and now i did do nuffin wrong Bennett in Chicago i think I the Grand jury indicts i should be law that the solicitor has to try the case and let a jury decide and if that solicitor tries to breeze through a trial just to let the defendant off he should be prosecuted im telling ya'll enough is enough what do ya'll think?

sixlette
sixlette

Exactly one reason , some positions , should not be held by minorities........If this man were any other race , he'd probably would be prosecuted.....

DarrellB
DarrellB

The National Felons League again! Not in my house, not my kids, not my money, not ever!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

This is the same corrupt bullshit that went down in Chicago? Just a black thing; nothing to see here.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

The NFL backing a bald face liar? Say it ain't so!

BanditOne
BanditOne

ANOTHER reason there should be no prosecutors with the last name of "King".

FM1
FM1

Actions just like this is the very verified reason that the 2018 NFL season attendance numbers were 14% lower than the 2017 attendance numbers and predictions for 2019 season are a additional 5 to 7% drop from 2018.the American sports fans are fed up with NFL completely condoning these types of criminal actions and feel that every one on the field should be in a stripped uniform not just the refereeing officials and so we will stay home and watch something else more interesting and honest like Five O or Blue Bloods or even watch paint dry.get the message NFL or you are on your way down the crapper.jgb