What should have been a celebratory event last night for Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun turned chaotic when the NYPD shut down their ‘Monumental’ album release party.
XXL is reporting that a total of eleven people, including five cops were injured when clashes between police and concert goers broke out outside of a club on Manhattan’s Lower East Side last night (June 28). The cops were initially called in by club security due to some unruly individuals. When cops arrived they detained one person outside, but the situation eventually escalated into a riot. Police used pepper spray and billy clubs to try and disperse the crowd, but that didn’t seem to work much. Initial reports said that Pete Rock had been injured, but that rumor turned out to be false. Rock did however address the situation via twitter.
Initial reports said that Pete Rock had been injured, but that rumor turned out to be false. Rock did however address the situation via twitter.
“EVERYBODY IM GOOD,IM WAITING 4 MY MAN TO COME OUT OF DA PRECINCT! COPS WERE BEATING PEOPLE UP AND ITS ALL ON FILM!!!!” he wrote. “BUT IT TOOK A BUNCH OF THEM TO DISRESPECT MY N*GGA LOUIE MAN! IT WAS LIKE 10 COPS BEATING ON 1 MAN,BILLIE CLUBS AND ALL THAT!”
Check out Hip-Hop Legend Pete Rocks Tweet on that night. His wife and daughter were also under the attack from NYPD this night.
General Steele that behavior like this from the cops is “Typical” in regards to the police and the hip-hop community
This is not cool! I hope this brings awareness to people but most importantly artist. TAKE A STAND! Get real power in your music and speak out about police brutality and the disrespect that hip-hop and its people are getting! This can’t continue if the music is going to live on….