On Saturday, two NYPD officers were shot and killed by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley. The violent act has engendered an array of responses, ranging from The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York saying that "blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor," to one of the officer's sons mourning his late father in a heartfelt Facebook post.
Game also weighed in on the incident and where it sits in the context of larger discussions of police-community relations.
"I guess y'all 'can't breathe' either," he wrote in a post that accompanied a screenshot of the headline about the shooting. "#RIPEricGarner #AllLivesMatter #Sh--HasToChange #Now."
In the months since Garner's death over the summer, his final words, "I can't breathe," have become a slogan adopted by protesters fighting for change and calling for police accountability. As a response to that movement, there has been a counter one, with "I can breathe" shirts, and an officer and storeowner from Indiana creating a "Breathe Easy, Don't Break The Law" shirt.
The Los Angeles rapper then followed up with another post, where he attempted to expand on and explain those words.
"The comment in my last post was a DIRECT RESPONSE to the picture above: I didn't say it was cool that 2 cops were murdered senselessly while sitting in their car," he wrote. "These weren't the cop(s) that killed ERIC GARNER so it wasn't necessary they die in that manner the same as it wasn't AT ALL necessary ERIC GARNER die in the way he did. My comment also suggested that #AllLivesMatter & #Sh--NeedsToChangeNow but you simple minded f--ks skipped right over the real message to pull whatever negativity you could from my post... As expected."
Game, who has been vocal about deaths of Garner and Mike Brown, including by putting together the star-studded posse cut "Don't Shoot," didn't back down from his opinions.
"One thing about me is, I'm ME. I'm not running from my views or opinions & I'm standing firm on anything I say.. So while all of you trying to find the HATE in my post, there is NONE," he continued. "What their is.... is an opinion of a man that believes the deaths of innocent people are never OKAY. Never has been !!! It just so happens, that I'm BLACK."
"It just so happens I grew up as a minority & have been a victim of racial profiling & police harassment in my youth the same as many so I can relate to the continuous STRUGGLE to change the way the GOVERNMENT deals with it's own employees when they're supposed to be highly trained professionals who loosely abuse the right to them wearing the badge given to them. 'PROTECT & SERVE' does not mean 'CHOKE & KILL' an innocent un-armed man.... Retaliating for Eric Garner's murder the way the MEDIA portrays it happened wasn't the answer either but it happened.... SO WHAT NOW... Do police KILL more civilians ??? Or do civilians KILL more police ???"
"Y'all can't see what's happening to our country ? Or all YALL still too focused on an iPhone app to get off of it to take a REAL LOOK AROUND ??? & you ask me, do I like police: NO !!! Do I hate police: NO !!! Have I experienced more police abusing their authority than not: YES !!! So that's why 'I' say F--K THE POLICE !!! That's 'MY OPINION'.... Does that mean I think it's dope that 2 innocent cops were murdered: NOPE. But does it change my view on crooked police: NOPE !!! So... You can hate me, not like me, say F--K GAME or UNFOLLOW or never support my MUSIC again because I have an opinion... SO WHAT, I DO NOT GIVE A F--K !!! [To Be Continued..]"