Police Draw Guns in Black Baseball Player's Own Home

Wednesday night in Newport, California, LA Angels centerfielder Torii Hunter had an “awkward moment” with policemen, who drew guns on the African-American baseball player outside of his own home.  When Hunter stepped outside, the policemen drew their weapons and asked him for identification because “they didn’t believe” he lived there.  Torii Hunter tweeted last night:

My alarm went off in my house while I was in it. 20mins later I saw cops checking out the scene. Went outside and they drew there guns on me

They didn't believe I lived here in Newport coast so they walked me upstairs at gunpoint to get my ID.

When I showed him my ID, he said I'm an angel fan hope u guys have a great season. ARE U KIDDING ME!!!!!! Lol

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 2012

When Angels pitcher CJ Wilson said to Hunter, “That’s racist,” Hunter responded, “lol... Now u know I can’t say that.”  Despite the frightening encounter, Hunter’s tweets repeatedly stress that he is “not pissed” or upset.  “The cops...had guns drawn but pointed downard in for safety.  Those guys handled the situation like trained cops,” he said, and even thanked the police department for protecting his home:

Hey Twitterland! I'm not upset that the cops did their job today. I'm actually glad they were protecting home.

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) April 4, 201 

Still, a string of twitter responses deliberate whether the policemen were acting on racist speculations. Did they expect a white man to live in Hunter's home?

AlterNet / By Angela Lee

Posted at April 6, 2012, 5:06am

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