As we reported on Friday, Ving Rhames was a guest on The Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM Urban View and said he had a gun pulled on him at his own home in Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica police have finally spoken out and they are defending their actions.
According to The Blast, the incident happened in July 2016, “They say several neighbors called reporting that an African-American male had broken into the house, and they believe they responded appropriately, which included a supervisor and sergeant on scene.” Responded appropriately? Pulling a 9-mm on a man when he opens the front door?
The Blast also reports the police claimed, “There had been multiple violent home invasions in the area, and police felt the manner of response was ‘appropriate,’ and add that the situation was de-escalated immediately after officers recognized Mr. Rhames.” Yeah, but like Rhames said — what if he wasn’t recognized. The site continued, “The spokesperson also told us the situation with Rhames led to the establishment of a program called ‘Meet Your Neighbors,’ which encourages people to get out and strengthen the bond within their community through events like a ‘coffee date’ or ‘ice cream social.'”
While this is all dandy, how do you not know Ving Rhames lives next door to you?
On Friday, Clay Cane said to Rhames, “I am sure you hear about all the reports of Black men being attacked by police. You are a big star, but how does racism show itself in your life?”
The 59-year-old said cops knocked on his door and “I get up, I’m just in my basketball shorts — literally. I get up, I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9-mm. They say put up your hands, literally. I just walked and opened up the door. … Then they said open the front screen door. They say do it with one hand so then I have to do it with one hand. My hands are up and they have me outside.”
The police claimed Rhames’ neighbor called and said a “large Black man” was breaking into a home.
Listen to Rhames tell the full story in the link below: