Footage of Seahawks' Michael Bennett's arrest obtained by TMZ

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Seattle Seahawks star defensive end Michael Bennett says he is considering filing a civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas police after a harrowing encounter last month.

The video allegedly shows the 31-year-old lineman on the ground as he's allegedly handcuffed by one officer and another allegedly points a gun at him from above.

Another officer then "forcefully jammed" his knee to Bennett's back, limiting his ability to breath, before they both "cinching" handcuffs on him so tightly that his fingers went numb. After the fight, Bennett said he and "hundreds" of others around him heard what sounded like gunshots while he was going back to his hotel.

While he wouldn't discuss any additional details of the incident with reporters, Bennett said the incident made a big impact on him. "The Seahawks would be wearing the patch with No. 72 on it", Bennett said, indicating that he could have been killed on August 27. "After confirming my identity, I was ultimately released without any legitimate justification for the officers' abusive conduct".

"I wasn't doing nothing, man", Bennett is heard saying in the video. "I was just thinking about my wife and children and how much they mean to me".

"I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is just simply, the right thing to do".

"The system failed me".

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Kaepernick took center stage with his protest against police treatment of minorities by kneeling during the national anthem last season, an effort later joined by athletes from across the sports spectrum.

The eight-year NFL veteran has sat for the US national anthem during Seattle's pre-season games and he wrote in his letter that "equality doesn't live in this country".

Let's put this as clear as it can be put: Michael Bennett was assumed to be risky because of the color of his skin, and therefore police officers felt like they had the right to threaten to murder him.

Bennett concluded that he's lawyered up to explore his legal options.

Bennett's brother, Martellus Bennett, and Colin Kaepernick voiced their frustration with the way Bennett was treated by Las Vegas cops.

Sherman also said in regards to Bennett's national anthem protest, "They want to be more angry at the action than the message".

"There are a lot of people who experience what I experienced at that moment and they aren't here to tell their story", Bennett said.

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