With an amazing weekend at the box office, Mission Impossible: Fallout seems to be the only thing on every one’s mind, but the real fallout revolves around MI star Ving Rhymes, who was harassed by the police in his own residence.
Ving says California police officers pulled their guns on him inside of his own home after a neighbor reported a “large black man” breaking in back in 2016.
Rhames expressed his views of the incident during a recent interview on Sirius XM’s The Clay Cane Show.
“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!’” recanted the Fallout actor.
The police violation, which occurred on July 29, 2016, started when his neighbor called 9-1-1, speculating that a burglary was taking place, as stated by the Santa Monica Police Department.
Rhames who says he followed police instructions opened his front door while on the other side a few police officers pointed their firearm at him. The actor, who kept his hands in the air, was escorted outside and surrounded by two additional police officers, the captain of police and police K-9.
The confrontation was brief as one of the officer’s recognized Rhames as one of the parent’s he frequently saw at his son’s basketball games.
Rhames says the officers apologized, but he still had unanswered questions on why this happened.
“Santa Monica Public Safety Dispatch received several calls from residents of a possible residential burglary,” Santa Monica police said Saturday in a statement. “The reporting parties indicated a black male was seen entering a residence who did not live there.”
Rhames went across the street with police to confront the neighbor, who denied it, he says.
The police statement did not mention weapons, but said the altercation was “de-escalated with no use of force occurring.”
Following the Rhames’ incident, the Santa Monica Police Department launched the “Meet Your Neighbors” program, to encourage residents to become acquainted with one other to prevent future situations from happening.
Rhames went on to say “My problem is, 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 had a bag of Skittles,” says Rhames, referring to Trayvon Martin, who’s murder has sparked numerous campaigns including the popular ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
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Source: Facebook / Santa Monica PD https://www.facebook.com/santamonicapd/photos/a.170795289608229.32951.163150267039398/1909114612442946/?type=3