Snoop said the group of protesters were there to create a dialogue between the LAPD and the African-American community. He said an open conversation between the two communities would lead to less confrontation and violence between them.
Several officers came out to greet and speak with people in the group.
During the graduation ceremony, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck spoke about the Dallas killings, which left at least five officers dead. Beck told graduates that they were starting their career at a difficult time.
Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti also invited Snoop and The Game into the graduation ceremony. The pair also met with the two rappers before they all addressed the media at a mid-morning press conference.
The Game and Snoop Dogg called for the city of L.A. to unite instead of divide and to be an example to other cities across that country that peace between the communities can be achieved. The Game posted a group photo of them at the press conference on social media writing:
History was made. Mountains were moved. Communication barriers were shattered & dialogue was opened & will continue to broaden in the days & weeks to come. I woke up with a mission…. & by day’s end that mission was accomplished & respect was given & displayed in a room full of men with integrity, wisdom, knowledge & power. This wasn’t for anyone individually but for all of us as a whole especially our women, children & immediate families. In my opinion this was the 1st BIG step taken by all of us towards a more unified Los Angeles for all of those who live in it & call it home as well as those who visit & appreciate the beauty of our city….. This was a positive moment that will go down in history & I am glad & very appreciative that I was a part of something so impactful…….. This one was for our children & their futures here in LA…. Congrats on a win for all parties involved today.. Let us continue on our mission, for God knows I left my home today with nothing but pure intentions & positivity on my heart & it shined through today & created an energy that could be shared by people all across the world……. Aye @SnoopDogg, WE DID THAT !!!!!!
Russell Simmons was also in attendance.
A photo posted by Russell Simmons (@unclerush) on