Actor says police came to his home after neighbor reported ‘large black man’ broke in
One of the stars of the new movie “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” said Friday that police officers this year held him at gunpoint in his own home after a neighbor reported a “large black man” breaking into the star’s house.
Actor Ving Rhames told Sirius XM on Friday that police knocked at his door in Santa Monica, Calif., before holding him at gunpoint until the chief of police recognized him and defused the situation.
“This is the God’s honest truth. This happened this year,” Rhames said on the radio. “I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9mm, and they say ‘put up your hands,’ literally.”
Rhames added that the officers apologized for the situation after recognizing him, and even provided him with the address of the woman who supplied the complaint. When confronted by Rhames and police, she denied calling in the report, Rhames said.
The actor questioned what would have occurred if his teenage son had answered the door instead of him, hypothetically holding a video game controller that police could mistake for a weapon.
“What if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and you thought it was a gun? I don’t know, just like Trayvon [Martin] had a bag of Skittles,” Rhames told Sirius XM’s Clay Cane.
Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was killed in Florida in 2012. Although his shooter claimed self-defense under Florida law, Martin was reportedly only carrying items such as Skittles at the time of his death.
Earlier this year protesters shut down streets in California after police killed a black man, Stephon Clark, in his grandmother’s backyard following a chase. Officers in police video can be heard yelling that Clark was armed, but police only recovered a cellphone after Clark was shot.
The 22-year-old’s death sparked protests calling for police reform.
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