As you all know, Police Brutality is alive and well in New York City. As bloggers, fans, radio personality, etc., we need to use the platforms we’ve created to support and spread the word. We need to let the NYPD know that their behavior will not be tolerated. If you can’t attend rally’s, press conferences and so on in regards to the Monumental 5 to show your support, please re-post information on your blogs, RT on Twitter and FaceBook pages to keep the public aware. If we don’t stand up for our rights as human beings, the NYPD will continue to treat us however they see fit. Please read the statements below…
The Monumental 5 are @Louieskaggs , Sincere, his wife, a camera man and Pete Rock’s daughter… All of whom were assaulted and are still in police custody.
“Tuesday, June 28th NYC Hip Hop lovers came together in peace to partake in the celebration of“Monumental” the collaborative project with Pete Rock & Smiff-N Wessun. I am sure you have seen and heard several things about how the night ended. Please see the below statement from Shara McHayle and the official statement from lawyerKenneth Montgomery. Today there will be a press conference held at 100 Centre Street, NY NY at 12:00 pm! Please come in peace. Things have to change. We must use the power that our ancestors fought for to establish change.”
The above paragraph and the 2 statements below were taken from StilletosandSounds.com
Letter from Shara McHayle:
With an extremely heavy heart I communicate to my friends and colleagues that over 24 hours ago my family and friends went out to celebrate the album release of Monumental. It was a peaceful, fun classic hip hop party.
We all left the venue to be greeted outside by a sea of NYPD gloved up and very aggressive. As we began to move we all witnessed the most brutal beating of a party patron. He was on the floor surrounded by 10 police officers with sticks out beating him. In shock, we must have not moved quickly enough to the officers liking and they shouted “Move the FUCK back” and then shoved myself and my daughter down to the ground. Now we were surrounded by 3 cops and 1 pinning us down. My daughter shouted “Get off my mother” and was handcuffed and arrested. I am sure you heard or saw the disturbing graphic videos that have been circulating on line. Tonight with a lump in my throat my daughter remains in police custody with 4 others. She has been charged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. With gratitude I have received emails, texts, msgs and phone calls sending support and asking what they can do. Tonight I ask if you can to join us peacefully tomorrow morning 9am at 100 Centre St New York, NY to stand up with us to this injustice. If you can not, please repost, tweet, email and let the world know
On Tuesday, June 28th, Pete Rock, Tek & Steele (of Smif N Wessun) were celebrating the release of their collaborative album, ‘Monumental.’ 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 guest 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(no 61 or incident was ever filed by the club or bouncers) some 15-20 uniformed Police Officers from the 7th precinct arrived at the venue. When the officers arrived some of them entered the venue where they witnessed a peaceful environment, they quickly exited the venue and joined their fellow officers in the exit area of the venue. Upon joining their fellow Officer’s they all began to put on black leather gloves. At that time more uniformed officers arrived in marked rmp’s and exited their vehicles. 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 artist, 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. Their 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. The group’s attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, is addressing the situation now with local community leaders & is available for comment with more detailed information.