Just hours after the shooting that claimed the lives of five Dallas police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest, rappers the Game and Snoop Dogg led a peaceful march on the LAPD headquarters just in time for the graduation of the law enforcement agency’s latest recruits, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, aka “The Game,” sent out a message via Instagram at 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, calling upon men of all races to participate in a march to the Los Angeles Police Department’s headquarters. The goal was 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 !!!”
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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
Organizers started organizing the march before dawn. Roughly 50 men arrived to show their support. The Game encouraged women and children to forego the event.
“THIS IS OUR MISSION FOR THEM,” the Game wrote in his post.
Participants wore shirts emblazoned with the achronym H.U.N.T. (Hate Us Not Today, Hunt Us Not Today).
Organizers were not aware of the graduation ceremony, Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, told reporters. Hip Hop mogul and philanthropist Russell Simmons was also spotted out there.
“The mission is to reintroduce our community to the LAPD… just to get some understanding and dialogue,” he 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 Game, who hails from Comton, led the march out of a sense of civic, moral and personal responsibility.
“I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was saddened by what happened in Dallas. I would be lying to you if I didn’t say I was angered about what occurred in Minnesota and Louisiana and Fresno,” he told the L.A. Times. “The cops that died in Dallas weren’t the cops that shot and killed Philando or Alton. As much as Philando and Alton didn’t deserve that, those cops in Dallas didn’t deserve that. And the only thing I could think of was to initiate peace on both sides, so that’s why I’m here.”
Organizers took precautions to ensure the event was a peaceful one by asking attendees not to bring “any weapons or anything illegal” and educating participants of the H.U.N.T. movement’s “unifying, peaceful message, so it couldn’t be misconstrued by police, and conversely, so they would listen when law enforcement responded.”
“We don’t have to fear each other today,” the Game posted.