Police Draw Guns On Actor Ving Rhames At His Santa Monica Home
Police brutality that involves both lethal and non-lethal abuses is one of America’s most hot-button issues. Sadly, a few bad apples seem to consistently taint the entire basket that consist of mostly hard-working and brave souls.
However, cases of “lack of training” seem to be endemic and typically at the core of police mishaps. Actor Ving Rhames recently told the story of a bad police interaction he had with the police while simply sitting on his couch at his home. According to Rhames side of the story, back in July of 2016, the Mission Impossible star was watching his television when he heard knocking at his door. Rhames walked over to the door, opened it, and was greeted by a gun and a red dot optic pointed at his face.
What could Rhames have done to warrant such a police response? Apparently, he was walking around his house.
Several neighbors called and notified the police of a “large black man” committing a robbery at Rhames’ home. Not to give away the end of the story, but Rhames was the “large black man” at the center of the neighbors calls. Seeing it was his home, he was clearly not robbing it. The Santa Monica Police responded to the frantic calls with guns drawn ready for action. Rhames was the number one suspect in his home’s robbery.
The Santa Monica Police have backed up Rhames claims that the incident did indeed, happen. They claimed that calls from “several neighbors” prompted their department into action. They justified the commando style operation by saying that “you don’t know what you’re going to encounter” from any incident you are called to investigate.
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That logic may be sound, however, one has to wonder if the department thought to seek out the information regarding the home owner. A quick Google search would reveal that Rhames fits the description. But maybe that wasn’t possible. Additionally, why wasn’t Rhames alerted of the potential robbery? Again, potentially not possible in such scenarios.
If his home were truly being burglarized, it would be imperative to notify him so that he could avoid the premises and make sure that any family, friends, and staff did the same.
Rhames had never introduced himself to the neighbors, something that potentially played a role int he confusion.
“What if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something, and you thought it was a gun?” Rhames says during the interview.
He has a point.
The Santa Monica Police held a “meet your neighbors” event following the event hoping to cut down on such incidents in the future.
You can listen to the full Clay Cane Show interview below.
It would have seemed more practical and safe for police to simply wait outside the home, rather than engage, a robbery situation. Unless the home owner was being held hostage, it seems reckless to consider engagement.
Do you feel the police response was warranted considering the circumstances? Or is Rhames right to worry about diverse scenarios where things could have gone badly wrong? Leave us a comment below.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.