Jul 232016


In 2015, nearly one thousand people were shot in the City of Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the vast majority of shooting victims were young men of color shot by other young men of color. According to Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, “Far too many of our young men are victims of senseless shootings at the hand of suspects who look just like them. The time for change is here. The time to unify is now! Together we must stop the violence.”

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Chief Beck teamed up with Compton rapper The Game to launch the first in a series of Public Service Announcements (PSA) to encourage the community to hear this message and more importantly, have the strength and courage to implement it so that ultimately, the result is peaceful action.

During the PSA, The Game states, “We have to be more positive. We have to stop killing one another. Humanity, it has to resurface. So this is my stand. A positive stand: to unite. Let’s unite. Stop the violence. Be the change.”

Throughout the #StopTheViolence Campaign, public figures will share a message that continued dialogue is crucial and that there needs to be mutual accountability to make our communities stronger and our neighborhoods thrive.

Media Outlets in Los Angeles, the nation and all around world are asked to join this movement and support this urgent call to action to #StopTheViolence and #BeTheChange.

The following is the first installment of the #StopTheViolence PSA featuring Police Chief Charlie Beck and Compton rapper The Game.

Additional videos will be posted on LAPD’s Social Media Platforms:

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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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