Six people were arrested and five NYPD officers were injured at the Pete Rock and Smif-n-Wessun, Monumental album release party last night (June 28) after concert goers tangled with the police in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood.
According to thelowdownny.com, NYPD arrived shortly after midnight, responding to a call from security, who reported trouble from unruly patrons during the show. Upon arrival, the officers found a large crowd outside the club, and arrested one person for disorderly conduct.
However, the suspect reportedly struck an officer in the face, breaking a front tooth, and then allegedly called for help from other patrons, as police began to clear the club out, according to the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information (DCPI).
But concert-goers say that the crowd was “peaceful” until the police arrived and ordered the club to be evacuated, pepper spraying and using physical force on the audience.
In total, six people were arrested and charged with several offenses, including disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer and inciting a riot. The five officers suffered injuries such as a broken nose and cuts.
While the DCPI doesn’t list any injuries by those arrested, The Lo Down reports that witnesses said at least one of the concert-goers was injured by the police and taken to the hospital.
Taking to Twitter, Pete Rock posted that “IT WAS LIKE 10 COPS BEATING ON 1 MAN, BILLIE CLUBS AND ALL THAT!” [sic] and “I THINK THEY DON’T WANT US IN THAT AREA PARTYING!! Black is not da favorable color in da t area I guess!!”[sic] referring to the location in the Lower East Side’s Tammany Hall.
Tek of Smif-n-Wessun also expressed his outrage on Twitter, writing “Fuk the police! They fuck my my man @LOUIESKAGGS up 4noffin 2night! Can we all say #LAWSUIT!! Newyork pricks & dicks!!”
Several YouTube videos have gone up [see above], including a video in which Steele of Smif-n-Wessun says that there were no fights and that no confrontation occurred, saying that the “police stormed the place… and then they started beating on people.”
Stay tuned as this story develops. —Martin Spasov