In an effort to generate change after recent heartbreaking state violence towards black bodies, west coast hip-hop legends The Game and Snoop Dogg spent a day with the LAPD and the Los Angeles community to address the issue.
The two rappers began on Friday morning with a peaceful march to the LAPD's headquarters. The Game sent a notice of the march out to his Instagram page, calling all "AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN, MEXICAN AMERICAN MEN & any other RACE of REAL MEN with heart to stand with us today & walk peacefully to the LAPD headquarters. [LEAVE ALL WOMEN & CHILDREN AT HOME... THIS IS OUR MISSION FOR THEM]."
"Make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware that from today forward," The Game wrote, "we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!!"
Joined by about 50 men, The Game and Snoop Dogg led the march to initiate communication between the community and the police officers.
"The mission is to reintroduce our community to the LAPD... just to get some understanding and dialogue," Snoop Dogg said. "We're the ones they're going to be dealing with, we're the ones that are going to be pulled over. … We're here on peace."
The day's message was exemplified when the two rappers and a few other marchers were taken to a close-door meeting for 45 minutes with the L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck and other top police officials. The topics included the recent police shootings of black men, the law enforcement deaths in Dallas, and where to go next as a community.
"We are all furious about what has happened to this conversation – that there is no dialogue, that is it becoming a screaming contest from opposite sides of the room," Police Chief Beck stated. "It can’t be that. The way to solve problems is to sit down, to look them in the eye and work it out."
The day was ultimately a success, The Game said on Instagram. "I woke up with a mission.... & by day's end that mission was accomplished & respect was given & displayed in a room full of men with integrity, wisdom, knowledge & power."