SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) --Several hundred people joined forces for an anti-gang summit partly organized by rapper The Game in a call to end gang violence in Los Angeles.
Leaders from the Nation of Islam, singer will.i.am along with activists and gang members all gathered at the community center in South Los Angeles Sunday night.
"I'll tell you what I'm not going to do. I'm not going to stand down on my push for positivity for these babies for nobody," The Game said during the speech.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti turned out to the event as well. There was an overflow crowd outside and people watched on a big screen, along with members of the media who were not allowed inside.
Activists said the end of police brutality begins with the community ending the violence against each other.
Many who turned out said there must be improved relations between police and minority communities, and they also fear more lives will be lost on both sides if peace isn't found.
"We hate the fact that anybody has to die, police officers as well as those of us in the community. This is a sign that there needs to be healing," said Tony Muhammad, a member of the Nation of Islam.