Rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game have led a peaceful demonstration outside the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters (LAPD), the morning after five Dallas officers were killed and seven wounded in a sniper attack.
The two LA natives said that they wanted to engage in dialogue with police in the aftermath of two police shootings of black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The fatal shootings prompted international outrage and nationwide protests, including the Dallas protest march, which ended in the fatal shootings of five police officers.
"We are tired of what is going on and it's communication that is lacking," said Snoop Dogg. The veteran hip-hop artist, who holds felony drugs convictions and has been charged by various US and international police forces on weapons and drugs-related offences, says he wants there to be positive constructive change instead of "bashing" the police.
"So we just want to get some dialogue and the communication going so that way, when they [rookie officers] hit the streets, they'll know who they are dealing with and we'll have a different respect for them."
Around 100 people joined the march, before the rappers met with LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti.
"If you are a human being and you have ears and eyes to see, this is a day of change," said The Game (real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor), at press conference following the meeting. "We need to take responsibility as a human race and accept the role as peace-givers and people that distribute love and change throughout this city." The Game has also faced various charges related to drugs and weapons through his career.
Both rappers were reportedly unaware about the graduation ceremony that was taking place that morning for the police department's new recruits.
"This is even better because now these students that are about to hit the streets can know that there is some sort of dialogue going on and they don't have to be fearful," Snoop Dogg said. "They can do their jobs and know that when you stop somebody you're a conversation away from sending them home or taking them to jail, but the conversation is key."
Snoop Dogg later posted a video on Facebook, giving a shout out to those who marched "in this effort to get rid of the pain and to try and put some love out there".
"There's no way this can keep going on and we're going to sit back and watch it," he said.
"So step one today was some brothers getting in front of the officials that run Los Angeles, the chief of police, the mayor, and they gave us their attention — their undivided attention — they heard us speak, and we'll come back and dialogue some more and put some plays together.
"We're going to fix this thing."
Snoop Dogg and The Game held a press conference with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck outside of the Los Angeles Police Department's headquarters Friday.
The two rappers said they wanted to start a conversation with the police.
"We are here to show love and support to the Los Angeles Police Department," Snoop Dogg said. "Thank y'all for allowing us to have conversation. We appreciate it."