Ving Rhames, who can now be seen in Mission: Impossible - Fallout, has said that he was held at gunpoint in his own home after one of his neighbours reported on a 911 call that a "large black man" had broken in. "Just because someone called and said a large black man is breaking in, when I opened up the door a 9mm is pointed at me", he said.
He was ordered to put his hands in the air, adding that there were at least four officers and a police dog at his house.
Ultimately Rhames said he feels lucky that the situation was diffused so quickly, but that the experience made him worry about his 16-year-old son Freedom. They say do it with one hand so then I have to do it with one hand. By sheer coincidence, one officer (who Rhames remembers being a captain with the Santa Monica Police) recognized him.
The Santa Monica Police Department said, because of that incident and others like it, it began a program in January 2017 called "Meet Your Neighbors", in which it encourages residents "step out of their comfort zone and get to know the people on their block". Then they said open the front screen door.
The actor questioned what would have occurred if his teenage son had answered the door instead of him, hypothetically holding a video game controller that police could mistake for a weapon.
He continued: "Here I am in my own home, alone in some basketball shorts". He actually recognized the actor from when their sons played on opposite teams in a high school basketball game.
"You can check this with the Santa Monica Police Department". Rhames said in the interview, "This is the God's honest truth".
SMH! You're not even safe in your own home. It also includes franchise veteran Ving Rhames, who has starred alongside Cruise as the hacker extraordinaire Luther Stickell in every single film. "Just like ... Trayvon had a bag of Skittles", says Rhames, referring to Trayvon Martin, the teenager gunned down in Florida by a neighborhood patrol watchman in 2012.
Rhames is over six foot tall and is black.
The 911 call came from a neighbour across the street.