Ving Rhames Says Cops Held Him At Gunpoint At His Home After What Neighbors Did Him
Veteran actor and ADT spokesperson, Ving Rhames, is no stranger to racial profiling. The “Mission Impossible” star had a candid convo’ about racism in his latest radio interview. Rhames shared how just this past year, someone called the police on him for one of the most ignorant, racially biased reasons ever…and it turned ugly.
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Ving Rhames Says Police Held Him At Gunpoint In His Own Neighborhood:
It’s hard to believe that someone wouldn’t recognize Ving Rhames. However, surprising as it is, Rhames’ own neighbors didn’t recognize him and were alarmed by the presence of a large Black male, according to reports. Rhames shared that despite his wealth and success, he was still seen as a threat in his own community. In speaking with Clay Cane, from Sirius XM’s The Clay Cane Show on Friday (July 27, 2018), Rhames revealed that he was chillin’ in his Santa Monica home, minding his own business, when his nosy neighbors called the authorities on him. Why? Because they believed that the brotha was breaking into his own home! But it gets worse. Police officers responded and HELD A GUN TO HIS HEAD!
“This happened this year,” Ving Rhames recalled. “I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9-mm, and they say, ‘Put up your hands.’ Literally.”
Surprisingly, it wasn’t until AFTER he was taken outside, that the situation simmered down. According to Rhames, one of the responding officers recognized him. Interestingly enough, the officer didn’t recognize him because of his Hollywood status, he recognized him as a parent whose son also played basketball. Well, ain’t that ’bout a blip?!! Their son’s respective high schools had previously played each other in a game. The entire ordeal scared the hell outta Rhames, because he immediately thought about his son’s safety and understandably so:
“What if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something, and you thought it was a gun,” Rhames stated. “Just like, I don’t know…Trayvon had a bag of Skittles.”
To ensure the neighbor that no robbery had occurred, police escorted Rhames to the neighbor’s house to clear things up. However, she denied placing the call. Laawd…in the words of what Diana Ross said about Richard Pryor’s character in “The Wiz”: “LIES…they’re all LIES!” Sorry about that y’all…sometimes you just gotta vent and call BS when you see it. If I had to guess, I’d say Rhames’ neighbor knew good n’ hell well she called the cops on him…especially if the cops were the ones who confirmed she did.
Listen To Rhames Speak Of His Ordeal Below:
It is extremely sad that this is happening in this day and age, but not surprising, unfortunately. It happens everyday. In fact, a similar situation happened to Viktor Stevenson, when he, too, made headlines after police were called on him as he opened up his place of business.
Police Called On Black Man As He Was Trying To Open His Own Business:
A Black businessman, Viktor Stevenson, owns a high-end lemonade stand in San Francisco, California, called Gourmonade. Before he officially opened for business, Stevenson encountered hate filled racist acts, including the time someone wrote “monkey juice” on his building. However, that hasn’t stopped the young entrepreneur from pursuing his dreams.
On July 17, 2018, Stevenson went to his business to check his security systems, when he noticed that 4 police officers pulled up and one of the officers had his hand on his gun as he was prepared to draw it. Stevenson was spooked, because he knew he’d done nothing wrong. According to the The Hill, someone from his own neighborhood called the police because they believed that he was breaking into his own business:
“Come to find out, somebody in the neighborhood called the cops and said that I was breaking into my own business,” Stevenson said to The Hill.
To prove that no robbery was in place, Stevenson had to reportedly show police officers that he had a key:
“I said ‘Absolutely. Like, I have the key,'” Stevenson said. “I opened and closed the doors.”
Since the incident occurred, Stevenson shared that he’s received tons of support from the community and just a few days later, all of his inventory was sold out. Stevenson’s experience is the latest in a series of incidents of apparent racial profiling in the Bay Area and all across America.