Ving Rhames Says Cops Once Held Him at Gunpoint in His Own Home


Ving Rhames may be a well-known Hollywood star, but even he says he's been racially profiled by police. "I am in my home; it was around 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon," Rhames said in a Friday radio interview when asked about his experiences with racism. "I get a knock on the front door...I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9mm. They say, 'Put up your hands,' literally." The 59-year-old Rhames says three officers, a police dog and the captain of the Santa Monica Police Department came to his house because a neighbor had called 911 about a "large black man" breaking in. What saved him wasn't his fame, but the fact that the captain recognized Rhames because their sons played football together. "He said it was a mistake and apologized," Rhames recalled. "Here I am in my own home, alone in some basketball shorts. Just because someone called and said a large black man is breaking in, when I opened up the door a 9mm is pointed at me." The Santa Monica Police Department has since confirmed the incident occurred on July 29, 2016.


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