‘Mission Impossible’ actor held at gunpoint by police in own home

Actor says police came to his home after neighbor reported ‘large black man’ broke

Actor Ving Rhames took to the airwaves on Friday to recall a disturbing incident when he said police held him at gunpoint in his own home after a neighbor called the police and claimed that was committing a robbery, PEOPLE reports. "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. They say put up your hands, literally, ' he said. As it was later revealed, one of his neighbours had called 911, telling the operator that a "large black man" had broken into his the home when he saw Rhames enter. Rhames said to Cane.

"Myself, the sergeant and one other officer, we went over to that house, which was across the street from my place, and the person denied it", Rhames said. The officer told them that a woman in his neighborhood called and said a "large black man" was breaking in. "I have a screen door and then I have a wooden door".

Rhames, who plays computer hacker Luther Stickell in the action flick franchise, recounted being home alone at his Santa Monica property watching ESPN when he heard a knock on the door and opened it to find a gun pointed at him.

The confrontation ended only after one of the responding officers recognized Rhames - not from his roles in movies, but because their sons competed in a basketball league. This is the God's honest truth, ' he said.


In response to this incident, the Santa Monica Police Department launched the "Meet Your Neighbors" program, to encourage residents to become acquainted with each other to prevent such a situation from happening again.

A neighbor called the police on Ving when they thought he was a robber.

Actor Ving Rhames watches players warm up on the sideline before the preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions on August 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "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. As officers were assessing the residence, they encountered the resident at the front door.

Rhames also thought back to the 2006 case of Sean Bell, a New York City man just like himself, who was shot fifty times by the NYPD on the night of his bachelor party, just a day before his wedding.

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