Pete Rock, Tek & Steele Chastise NYPD Over Club Raid During Release Party
Super producer Pete Rock and rappers Tek & Steele of Smif-N-Wessun are holding a press conference this afternoon, to answer questions relating to an altercation between the police and fans, during their record release party on Tuesday (June 28th), in New York.
Pete Rock, and Tek and Steele were celebrating the release of their new album Monumental at Tammany Hall on the lower East side of Manhattan.
The chaos began when a group of concertgoers were turned away by managers and bouncers at the club.
According to a statement released by the rappers, over 15 to 20 uniformed police officers from the 7th Precinct arrived at the venue and began assaulting patrons outside of the venue, for no reason.
"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," the rappers said in a joint statement released today (June 30th).
"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."
According to their attorney Kenneth Montgomery, the police were “unjustified, unprovoked and simply barbaric considering there was no provocation.”
While Pete Rock, Tek and Steele and most of their immediate associates made it out of Tammany Hall unscathed, some of their family and friends were assaulted by the police.
The group is currently at New York Criminal Court in Manhattan, where they will address the issue and announce their next course of action.