[Rhames] was watching television in his Santa Monica home when he heard noise coming from the backyard. …It was police.
…”I get up, I open the door, there’s a red dot pointed at my face from a 9 millimeter,” Rhames said …on Friday. “And they say, ‘Put up your hands.”
…”My problem is, as I said 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 you know, I don’t know, Trayvon had a bag of Skittles,” he said in the interview.
Actions that negative effect others should have consequences.
On that note, two things….
One, there should be punitive legal consequences for civilians who call 911 because of their own racial profiling. Call the police on your neighbor? The police should come for you instead.
Two, the officers clearly did not look into who residing in the home before they arrived. Bad police-work like that gets people killed. They should face punitive consequences for not doing a better job of assessing the actual situation before they went into action. When the police don’t think before they act, people get killed and that can not be tolerated.
It doesn’t matter if they, the officers, were not being overtly racist by responding to this call. They did a shoddy job of performing their work responsibilities and -like in any other industry- that should merit negative consequences.