Following the incident with the New York Police Department that occurred at the Pete Rock and Smif-n-Wessun show at New York City’s Tammany Hall on Tuesday night (June 28), the trio have released a statement concerning the events.
On Tuesday, June 28th, Pete Rock, Tek & Steele (of Smif-n-Wessun) were celebrating the release of their collaborative album, Monumental,” the statement reads. “It was a peaceful gathering inside of a sold-out Tammany Hall (Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY) to see the group perform new music from the project. Earlier in the evening some guests wanted to enter the event but were turned away by the management and bouncers employed by the club. A minor argument ensued, but eventually was diffused by the bouncers. Thirty minutes after that minor skirmish 15-20 uniformed police officers from the 7th precinct arrived at the venue. Shortly after even more uniformed officers arrived. The officers then hurried into the club and began macing and assaulting individuals inside the club, dragging one of them out and pummeling him directly in front of the club. Present at the event were artists, industry tastemakers, fans, photographers, and cameramen. Several people began filming and recording the unprovoked brutality, much to the dismay of the police. The officers then began to mace and assault anyone within arms length, including several women. Kenneth Montgomery, the group’s attorney, who was in attendance at the event, stated that the Police ‘behavior was unjustified, unprovoked, and simply barbaric considering there was no provocation.’ Pete Rock, Tek and Steele fortunately were not harmed, however some of their friends & family were assaulted by the police.
Pete Rock, Tek and Steele held a press conference earlier this afternoon to discuss the events at their show and answer any questions outside the New York Criminal Court.
As previously reported, six people were arrested and five officers were injured at Tuesday’s show after the NYPD arrived at Tammany Hall requesting that everyone evacuate the building. After the choas, Tek turned to Twitter to express his irritation. “Fuk the police! They fuck my my man @LOUIESKAGGS up 4noffin 2night! Can we all say #LAWSUIT!! Newyork pricks & dicks!!”
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