An overflow crowd gathered Sunday at a community center in south Los Angeles for an anti-gang summit organized by the rapper The Game.
Police Chief Charlie Beck, performer will.i.am, along with anti-gang activists and gang members were inside the center for a town hall style conversation on curbing violence. Beck shook hands with The Game and the two hugged.
The Game says he was moved to call together Los Angeles gang members for an anti-violence summit because he wants to help create a safer world for his 5-year-old daughter. The rapper fought back tears as he recounted the recent killing of a former gang member that he grew up with in foster care in nearby Compton.
Beck said the meeting was a step in the right direction toward peace, especially considering the police shootings Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, La. The chief posed and chatted with community members, but it was unclear whether he would be a speaker during the meeting.
Speakers and screens were set up outside for those unable to get in. Free water was being handed out to help people brave the hot temperatures.
The Game had put the word out on social media, inviting leaders of the Crips, Bloods and other street gangs to come together at the town-hall style meeting. The event was called “Time To Unite: United Hoods + Gangs Nation.”
Earlier this month, The Game and Snoop Dogg led a peaceful march to Los Angeles police headquarters, where they met with the mayor and police chief and urged improved relations between authorities and minority communities.