In response to the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, rappers Snoop Dogg and the Game led a peaceful march on Friday to LAPD headquarters, where a new class of officers were graduating.
The Game announced the march which he called Operation H.U.N.T. in an Instagram post on Friday, sending a call to action to “all African American men, Mexican American men & any other race of real men with heart.” He specifically instructed them to not bring any weapons and not to come “high or belligerent.”
“Objective: to make the Californian government & it’s law branches aware the from today forward, we will be UNIFIED as minorities & we will no longer allow them to hunt us or be hunted by us !!!,” he wrote. “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!”
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
According to The Los Angeles Times, about 50 men joined the march.
“This is how you make moves, man. You make it happen,” Snoop said in an Instagram postfrom the march. “You get some dialogue, some understanding with the new recruits before they hit the streets.”
The rappers and other marchers ultimately met withpolice commanders and held a press conference.
In the press conference, both the Game and Snoop made it clear their intention wasn’t to “bash” police, but rather start a conversation. The march came after five police officers were killed and seven more were wounded at a protest in Dallas.
“I didn’t leave my house this morning with malice in my heart, with hate in my heart or with anger toward anyone police officer or not,” the Game said. “I think that we need to take responsibility as a human race and accept the role as peacegivers and people that distribute love and change throughout this city…. I love you no matter what race you’re from no matter where you come from no matter what gang you’re from or what police force you stand for what badge you put on what school you teach whoever you are in the world if you are a human being and you have ears and eyes to see this is a day of change respect it understand it love it.”
Snoop, meanwhile, made their mission clear: “Not to bash the police, but to come up here and get some dialogue and some communication.”
“Today was the first step to many steps,” he said. “We are here to show love and support to the police force in Los Angeles and to get some understanding and some communication.”
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