Ving Rhames Says Police Held Him at Gunpoint in His Home

Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames Says Police Held Him at Gunpoint in His Home

During an interview with The Clay Cane Show, Rhames revealed a police officer pointed a gun at him as he stood on his doorstep in Santa Monica, California.

"This happened this year", Rhames recalled. "My problem is, I said to them, 'What if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and you thought it was a gun, just like Trayvon has a bag of Skittles". "They said, 'A woman called 911 and said a large black man was breaking into the house'".

"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", Rhames said.

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Rhames said multiple officers, including a captain of the police unit with a K9 unit, were present.

Rhames revealed that earlier this year, police responded to his home after a neighbor called the police claiming a "large black man" had broken into the home.

Rhames assumed that the noise came from his puppies running around the backyard, until he heard a knock on the door.

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"I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9 millimeter", he said. He said once he opened the door, a police officer told him to put his hands up while pointing his pistol at the actor.

"The captain of police - and you can check with the Santa Monica Police Department - he recognized me because my son played against his [son's] school", Rhames said. When police escorted Rhames to the neighbor's house to clear things up, she denied placing the call.

Ultimately Rhames said he feels lucky that the situation was diffused so quickly, but that the experience made him worry about his 16-year-old son Freedom.

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Rhames isn't the first public figure to have a frightening run-in with police.

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