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Ving Rhames says he was held at gunpoint in his home earlier this year when a neighbor reported that “a large black man” had broken in.
During an interview Friday on SiriusXM’s The Clay Cane Show, the Mission: Impossible — Fallout star was asked about his experience with racism. He says the incident occurred while he was watching ESPN at his home in Santa Monica.
“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,” the actor explained, adding that the group of police included a man Rhames said was the captain of the police, who recognized him because their sons play basketball against each other. “They recognized me and apologized, and I said, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said to me, ‘A woman called 911 and said a large black man was breaking into the house.'”
Rhames said he and the police then went over to the woman’s house, and she denied it. “So here I am, in my own home, alone in some basketball shorts, just because someone called and says a large black man is breaking in,” he said, adding, “My problem is, what if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and [the police] thought it was a gun just like Trayvon [Martin] had a bag of Skittles?”
Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old high school student shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted on a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking worldwide protests and outrage.
Requests for comment from the Santa Monica Police Department were not immediately returned.
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