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Actor Ving Rhames Held At Gunpoint By Police In His Own Home
This year there have been countless instances of black people having to deal with police because someone called the cops on them. The most recent one? Actor Ving Rhames.
While promoting the recently-released film Mission: Impossible Fallout, Rhames recounted when the police held him at gunpoint at his own home on Sirius XM's Clay Cane Show.
"I get up, I open the door, and there's a red dot pointed at my face from a 9-millimeter, and they say, 'Put up your hands.' Literally," he said according to the Washington Post. "Now, I just walked and opened up the door."
As Rhames opened the door one officer kept a pistol trained on him. Another officer, a police captain, and a police dog were also present. Fortunately, one of the cops recognized Rhames because their sons — both high school age — have played against each other in basketball. It was then that the officer also told Rhames why they were there.
"He said to me, 'A woman called 911 [and] said a large black man was breaking into the house. And so we came,'" Rhames told Cane. Rhames and the officers ended up meeting the neighbors who called the cops in the first place, with the actor revealing that they denied making the call.
Saul Rodriguez, a lieutenant for the Santa Monica Police Department, confirmed the incident to the Post but said it happened on July 29, 2016, and not this year. However, Rhames still claims it occurred in 2018.
Some black entertainers have also offered their own similar experiences in light of what happened with Rhames. Questlove took to Twitter to briefly recount the time ICE pulled him over in San Diego.
\u201cMan, i thought I was the only one\u2014-Ice pulled me over in San Diego once after a Roots show (driving to la) my heart pin saved me (\u201cdrummer on kimmel! right?\u201d) \u2014-my hair was braided btw\u2014ever since? Keep like a stash of heart pins everywhere i go \u2014just in case.\u201d— Plug 5. (@Plug 5.) 1532764431
Source: Washington Post