Rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg lead peace march
Rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg hit the streets of Los Angeles on Friday morning to lead a peace rally amid the friction between African-Americans and the police.
Following the deaths of two African-American men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were killed by police in separate incidents this week, The Game took to his Instagram page to urge fans to join him in a bid to "reintroduce the Los Angeles Police Department" to the community it serves.
The rapper, real name Jayceon Taylor, insisted the gathering would be peaceful and stated no weapons or violence was allowed. He had no idea at the time the rally would take place hours after five police officers were shot and killed in an ambush in Dallas, Texas on Thursday night (07Jul16).
In his post, The Game called on men of all races to join him in helping open up a dialogue between the community and law enforcement.
"We will stand as we are, UNIFIED...," he wrote. "Our numbers are all the weapons we need!!!... I will not lead any of you into a trap!!!!! Objective: to make the Californian government & it's law branches aware that from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & (and) we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us!!! Let's erase the fear of one another on both sides & start something new here in the city of Los Angeles, a city we all love & share!"
"There are many things that have to be done to rectify this situation that has plagued us for hundreds of years & UNIFICATION is the 1st step !!!... I LOVE EVERY ONE OF YOU & WE OWE IT TO OURSELVES & OUR FAMILIES TO BE MEN & TAKE A STAND MY BROTHERS.. THE TIME IS NOW - The Game..."
The rally took place on the same day a new class of recruits were graduating from the city's police academy. Snoop Dogg also documented the protest on his Instagram page, reiterating he and The Game want to open up a dialogue with the new cops who will soon be hitting the streets.
At the conclusion of the peace march, the rappers joined police officials and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for a press conference.
The Game told his fans and followers and fellow African-Americans to "take the role of peacegivers" and "embrace yourself for positivity", while Snoop added, "We wanted to move in peace and show that L.A. can be unified... Today was the first step of many steps... This is a great start."