Long Beach, California-based rapper Snoop Dogg held a press conference Friday with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck outside the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters, where the Grammy-nominated artist said, “We are here to show love and support to the Los Angeles Police Department.”
“Thank y’all for allowing us to have a conversation. We appreciate it,” he added.
“I was angry. Sitting on my couch, I couldn’t rest. I couldn’t sleep,” The Game said in front of a gaggle of news reporters.
“Then, out of nowhere on the news, five police are ambushed by Lord-knows-who-and-what. And they died. And I felt that pain, as well, and I was saddened that that happened as a result of what happened earlier this week.”
“Those are human beings,” The Game said of the five murdered police officers and seven others who were wounded after Houston New Black Panther Party member Micah X. Johnson ambushed and opened fire on them Thursday during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas.
“I came to a realization that we are really, really destroying humanity,” The Game continued. “While I have all these cameras on me, I want to tell everyone that has their eyes on me that I love you — no matter your race, what school you teach, whoever you are in the world.
“This is a day of change. Embrace yourself in positivity,” he pleaded.
The two rappers’ comments came after they led and organized a peaceful march Friday in Los Angeles, meant to break down barriers between “men of all races” and law enforcement across the country.
The Game took to social media to post a letter about the reasons behind the march, along with videos expressing “love.”
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Operation H.U.N.T Meet NOW at Joe's auto park parking 1221 west 3rd street Los Angeles California 90017 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] Do not: bring any weapons or anything illegal. Do not come high or belligerent.. We don't need any HOT HEADS or anyone there for the wrong reasons… We will stand as we are, UNIFIED. I'm calling ALL GANGS, ALL RACES, ALL GROWN MEN affiliated or not & WE WILL STAND UNIFIED tomorrow !!!! Our numbers are all the weapons we need !!! We do not need to be dumb, retarded or uncivilized today… ALL WE NEED IS EACH OTHER… 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 & 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 !!! Again, I'm asking for ALL of my AFRICAN AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN & any other AMERICAN who has the heart to STAND WITH US to meet us at the above address & take the 1st step into altering our future for our children & our FAMILIES….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 📸 @derekdidit
During the press conference Friday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he was “angry” and “full of rage” after learning about the massacre of law enforcement officers in Dallas.
“I’m an old man, and I don’t get angry easily, but I was angry. I was full of rage,” Beck said. “But I came to the realization that this cannot continue. We cannot continue to be broken up into tribes.”
Concerning the Dallas gunman, Beck said, “He was an assassin. That is all that person can be called. Those police officers are there because they agree with your ability to express your opinion. That is crime against America.”
“Our hearts are with all of the victims and their families in Dallas,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The horrific violence against @DallasPD is an attack on our democracy. All Americans must unite against hate, join together in peace.”