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Actor Ving Rhames held at gunpoint in his own home

30 July 2018, 12:36 | Ivan Casey

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Rhames, who can now be seen as part of the ensemble of "Mission: Impossible - Fallout", revealed that a police officer pointed a gun at him as he stood on the doorstep to his home in Santa Monica, California.

Rhames said he was chilling at home watching ESPN when he answered the door and was confronted by cops. They say put up your hands, literally, ' he said.

When asked about experiences of racism in his own life, Rhames explained that a neighbour called 911 to report a "large black man" breaking in to his house, which led armed officers to show up, out of the blue, on his doorstep.

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"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 provided the address of that neighbour, Rhames says, he and an officer visited that person - who then denied making the call.

Though police apologized to Rhames for the incident, he said it instilled in him fear for his children's safety. "I have a screen door and then I have a wooden door".

Jacqueline Seabrooks, the first female black patrol officer for the Santa Monica Police Department in 1982, and California's first black woman to serve as police chief for a municipality when she became chief of the Inglewood Police Department in 2007, began her tenure as Santa Monica's police chief in 2012, retiring September 30, 2017. Rhames said in the interview, "This is the God's honest truth".

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He added: "My problem is, and I said this 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. I don't know, Trayvon [Martin] had a bag of Skittles". Sgt. Saul Rodriguez said the department received two calls about an African-American man entering a home from neighbors who didn't think he lived there. As officers were assessing the residence, they encountered the resident at the front door.

Earlier this year protesters shut down streets in California after police killed a black man, Stephon Clark, in his grandmother's backyard following a chase.

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