Mission Impossible actor Ving Rhames went on the record to tell the story of how police once held him at gunpoint in his own home, because a neighbor had called and reported “a large black man” breaking in.
The story was in response to a question about how racism had affected his life during an interview on the Clay Cane show on Sirius XM.
“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 wooden door, a 9 millimeter is pointed at me. 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?”
An entirely relevant story to bring up, now that we’re finally talking about racist police abuses.
Rhames went on to say that he was confronted by three officers and a police dog. Luckily for Rhames, one of the officers recognized the actor because their sons played sports together. The officer quickly called off the investigation and apologized for the incident.
The police department responded that the incident was dealt with quickly, and no force was involved. In addition, the department began a “Meet Your Neighbors” day, to avoid these type of incidents.