Jul 222016
 

CityHallLAXPylonsAndLADWPHeadquartersLitBlueInMemoryOfSlainLawEnforcementOfficers

City Hall, LAX Gateway Pylons And Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Headquarters Lit Blue In Memory Of Slain Law Enforcement Officers

Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered that Los Angeles City Hall, Department of Water and Power headquarters, and the LAX pylons be lit blue at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday July 18th 2016 in memory of law enforcement officers killed in violent attacks this month in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and St. Joseph, MI.

“Attacks on law enforcement officers are an assault on our democracy and way of life. We light these landmarks to remind all Angelenos — and people visiting here from all over the world — to reflect on the meaning of service and sacrifice, to support the men and women who risk their lives to protect our families, and to stand against all senseless violence in our communities.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles tribute comes just days after the brutal killings of law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Jul 102016
 

Rappers For PeaceIn the aftermath of recent killings in Dallas, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, two black rappers – Snoop Dogg and the Game – organized and took part in a peaceful march of racial minority men on the Police Department Headquarters in Los Angeles.

The march was announced on Instagram and urged African American, Mexican and all other race men to leave their weapons and anger behind and stand united in delivering a message of unity, respect for human life and the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts between minority men and law enforcement.

The march coincided in time with a LAPD graduation ceremony. After the ceremony, a meeting was held which included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck as well as Snoop Dogg and the Game.

Snoop Dogg addressing police officers stressed: “Respect is key. Think about the person you’re pulling over and their family. Because that way, you’ll have more of a consideration of life and de-escalate as opposed to escalate.”

The Game, made a great point, saying, “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.”
He also said: “I took those police uniforms off of those police officers that met an untimely demise last night and I turned them into what they really are before they put them on, and those are human beings, like me and everyone standing here.”

Los Angeles Police Chief Beck expressed similar sentiment in regard to the need to address and resolve the recent racial tensions which resulted in the loss of seven human lives:
“We are all furious about what has happened to this conversation – that there is no dialogue, that it is becoming a screaming contest from opposite sides of the room. It can’t be that. The way to solve problems is to sit down, look them in the eye and work it out.”

It’s remarkable to see individuals from different walks of life getting together for a meeting of the minds. Peaceful dialog and immediate reforms are badly needed, but the dialog and reforms have to be based on the understanding that color, ethnicity and / or uniforms aside, we are all EQUALLY HUMAN.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

 

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