Ving Rhames Held At Gunpoint By Police Responding To An Alleged Burglary

Ving Rhames Held At Gunpoint By Police Responding To An Alleged Burglary

Ving Rhames Held At Gunpoint By Police Responding To An Alleged Burglary

Actor Ving Rhames said he was held at gunpoint by police at his own Santa Monica home two years ago when he was mistaken by neighbors for a robber.

"I have a screen door and then I have a wooden door..."

"They recognize me, and the guy says it was a mistake, and they apologize what have you", he recalls. The situation de-escalated, but Rhames naturally wanted to know why they came to his house in the first place.

Throughout the ordeal, Rhames said that he remained compliant and kept his hands in the air.

Rhames said multiple officers, including a captain of the police unit with a K9 unit, were present. The man with the gun pointed at him, a police officer, was supported by several other officers, the chief of police and even a police dog.

The incident rattle Rhames who questioned how things could have taken a turn for the worst if his ten son Freedom had answered the door. Rhames said in the interview, "This is the God's honest truth". It wasn't from his work in movies like Pulp Fiction, but rather as a parent whose son also played basketball, Rhames said.

In response to this incident, the Santa Monica Police Department launched the "Meet Your Neighbors" program, to encourage residents to become acquainted with each other to prevent such a situation from happening again. He said police told him they were responding to a 911 call from a woman who "said a large black man was breaking into the house". The captain recognized Rhames.

'My problem is, as I said this to them, what if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and you thought it was a gun?' Rhames asked. Sgt. Saul Rodriguez said the department received two calls about an African-American man entering a home from neighbors who didn't think he lived there. "I don't know, just like Trayvon [Martin] had a bag of Skittles", Rhames told Sirius XM's Clay Cane. As officers were assessing the residence, they encountered the resident at the front door.

Rhames' telling of the incident comes as news of blacks having the police called on them for seemingly innocuous reasons has exploded on social media.

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