The Latest: Big crowd attends rapper's anti-violence summit

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Posted: Jul 17, 2016 5:38 PM
The Latest: Big crowd attends rapper's anti-violence summit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a gang summit in Los Angeles organized by the rapper The Game (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Rapper 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.

An overflow crowd gathered Sunday at a community center in South Los Angeles to hear pleas for peace from current and former gang members, entertainers, activists and preachers from the Nation of Islam.

Police Chief Charlie Beck shook hands with The Game outside the venue and said the meeting was a step toward curbing violence, especially considering the killing of police officers earlier Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Game 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.

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12:20 p.m.

An overflow crowd has gathered 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.

Beck said the meeting was a step in the right direction toward peace, especially considering the police shootings Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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.

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8:55 a.m.

Rappers The Game and Snoop Dogg are organizing a summit with Los Angeles-area gang members to discuss ways to curb violence.

The Game put the word out on social media, inviting leaders of the Crips, Bloods and other street gangs to come together at a town hall style meeting Sunday in South Los Angeles.

The event is called "Time To Unite: United Hoods + Gangs Nation."

The Game, who hails from nearby Compton, says he wants men to have a much-needed conversation about their influence on young people and how to serve as better role models.

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.