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Snoop Dogg, The Game march to police HQ ‘for dialogue’

July 8, 2016 GMT

Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful march to the Los Angeles police headquarters Friday morning in the wake of a deadly shooting in Dallas. The message was simple: to start a dialogue on how to improve police relations with the community the department serves.

The march, which reportedly drew about 50 people was intended as a symbolic gesture of unity between police and “men of color.” A police academy graduation was underway as the marchers arrived, and the city’s police chief and mayor later joined the rappers for a press conference.

Much of it was recorded and promoted on social media, starting early Friday morning when The Game shared this photo on Instagram with a call out to “All African American men, Mexican American men & any other race of real men with heart to stand with us today...”:

The photo quickly generated more than 100,000 likes and thousands of comments. And as the march got underway, Snoop Dogg and others began sharing photos and videos on Twitter and Instagram using the acronym H.U.N.T. which stands for “Hunt Us Not Today.”

After the group reached the police headquarters, Snoop Dogg told The Los Angeles Times about the point of the march: “The mission is to reintroduce our community to the LAPD... just to get some understanding and dialogue. 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 marchers’ meeting with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti was also chronicled on social media.

The images stood in contrast to the events of the days before, and generally the city’s history of tension between police and African Americans. Many took to Twitter to express how stirring the meeting was.

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