Posted in hiphop | music on June 30, 2011

The scene outside of Tammany Hall
Tammany Hall

June 28th was reportedly a "peaceful, fun classic hip hop party" featuring Smif n Wessun and Pete Rock who were celebrating the release of their collaborative LP Monumental. That is, until a near riot broke out otside of LES venue Tammany Hall that led to arrests, violence, five injured officers and calls of police brutality.

Pete Rock's lawyer Kenneth Montgomery and his wife Shara McHayle gave their firsthand report to Hip Hop DX. Via Shara McHayle:

...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... 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.
Here's the official statement from Duck Down Records:
"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 statement also says that "today at 12PM EST, Pete Rock & Tek & Steele of Smif N Wessun will be holding a press conference to address all questions at New York Criminal Court on 100 Centre Street, New York, NY." Shara McHayle's statement mentioned "a peaceful protest tomorrow morning 9am" at the same location (I assume it was sent out last night). Video from outside of the show is below.

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Inside the Club at Tammany Hall

smif n wessun nypd police brutality

Smif N Wesson & Pete Rock Monumental ReleaseParty Gets Swarmed By NYPD OutsideTammany Hall

NYPD Turns Smif-n-Wessun Album Release Party Violent

NYPD POLICE BRUTALITY, after Smif n Wessun Release Party

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Comments (99)

punks talking smack back to cops ought to get smacked

yes, sir. no, sir.

anything else, you are asking for it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:33 PM

Damn if this can happen at a Smif n Wessun show, I hate to see what happens at tonight's Cults show...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:34 PM

motherfucking pigs.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:35 PM

yeah, Ceremony is going to make this look like a tea party...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:36 PM

Hahah..1:34, kudos. That cracked me up.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:36 PM

You're an idiot 1:33pm.

Watch the video and you'll see they did nothing wrong.

99% of cops are former high school jocks or mongos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:38 PM

fuck that. bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:41 PM

1:33-boring troll is boring.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:41 PM

wow. this is unbelievable. all of us should be aggressively protesting this as verbally and visually as possible. ny is turning into a police state before our very eyes. martial law anyone???
oh yeah - 1:33 get the f*ck out of here you stupid moron troll.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:44 PM

1:38
I bet you believed all that shit about Bat Boy too.
"But they have pictures!"

Do you know any NYC cops? Of course not, 'cause you're from somewhere else and cops don't live in Williamsburg, Greenpoint or Park Slope. If you actually knew any NYC cops, you would not hold such ignorant opinions.

Come to think of it, you ought to shut the fuck up now. Stop posting shit you know nothing about.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:45 PM

Damn, ill camera work...I thought shizz was gonna get all Cloverfield! Yo, the cops, they brought it! Smif n Wessun...not so mucho.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:46 PM

"Upon joining their fellow Officer's they all began to put on black leather gloves.."

Ahhh, shit. You know thats going to be a serious beating right there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:46 PM

Cracking Skulls

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:48 PM

Are you people for real? You don't wave your arms in cops faces and grab them and not expect to get taken down?

What's wrong with you people?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:49 PM

take a hike 1:45, actually to say that "99% of cops are former high school jocks or mongos" is giving them too much credit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:49 PM

"peaceful, fun classic hip hop party"

no such thing

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:50 PM

@1:33 You don't know the first thing about what's 'deserved'. Go suck another pig dick you stupid fuck. Explain to me why the cops would go in there provoking shit when there were no complaints or reports? You're just the kinda stupid motherfucker that just says "yes, sir. no, sir", never questioning shit, just accepting this as normal. FUCK YOU.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:51 PM

1:38 is trolling waiting for his monthly deposit check to clear from Mommy and Daddy in St. Louis.

Doesn't no shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:52 PM

1:49
To post on this site you must have this much intelligence (holds hand up to kneecap)
Leave now, and come back when you're grown up

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:52 PM

oink oink

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:53 PM

"Doesn't no shit."

I'd answer this if I could stop laughing so hard.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:53 PM

Police raid was a hoax to generate hype for the album release. Those cops were paid actors...saw one "officer" poppin some Shakespeare in The Park last summer. Gettin on that Tempest tip!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:54 PM

Wait is the protest tomorrow? Or was it this morning...?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:54 PM

Hide yo wife, hide yo daughters...

Posted by Antoine | June 30, 2011 1:55 PM

1:52, you are so fucking far from correct I'm tempted to offer a public place just to see what kind of dumb motherfucker would make such ignorant comments.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:55 PM

1:45pm. Actually I live in Long Island City. I've seen bunch of cops in Williamsburg and Park Slope.

You're the only idiot trying to defend NYPD. If someone actually has a brain, you would learn by now that they play by their own rules and don't give a crap about anything else.

This is a great example of why NYPD have nothing better than to do than shut down a venue where people were doing nothing wrong but enjoying the show.

Tell me a reason why you love cops so much and I would love to hear your story.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:55 PM

@1:33 - listen to more Crass

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:55 PM

1:55 - do you actually know cops? I mean know their names, and they know yours?

yeah, I see them driving through Williamsburg and Park Slope too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:57 PM

I don't love cops, but I don't trust those edited videos

nor the punks that made them

you're all a bunch of sheep

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 1:58 PM

157pm Why would I need to know cops if I don't get in any trouble?

Idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:02 PM

I love it. Physically attack a cop, get your ass beat, then cry police brutality. God Bless America.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:04 PM

Ooooooooh, I knew that one cat looked familiar! Peeped him spittin some King Lear! DAMN! Def a hoax!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:04 PM

Free mumia!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:06 PM

i think nyc definitely needs police presence, but let's admit it, most cops are dicks

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:06 PM

1:33/1:45/1:51/1:52/1:57 = bro/jock/some idiot who got laid off for talking too much

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:10 PM

All the idiots being pro-NYPD....

The police issued unlawful orders then instead of doing their jobs in a professional manner decided to start beating the shit out of people. Cops are professional bullies and liars. But dont worry bros, we will continue to fight for justice while you sit there letting your civil rights go left and right.

Posted by Takk | June 30, 2011 2:11 PM

"a peaceful protest tomorrow morning 9am"

Chances of Smif n Wessun fans being awake/productive at 9am.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:13 PM

Haha bunch of people talking who weren't there. But I am positive that there is a missing peace to the puzzle that the side BV is covering is leaving out.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:15 PM

Who the hell is Smif n Wessun? If it was Smith Westerns then I'd be interested.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:15 PM

Supposedly cops are supposed to be taught to diffuse violent situations.

In reality, there is countless evidence of the nypd escalating situations and creating much more violence than necessary.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:16 PM

I go the gym and often see cops in the locker room. I'd be pretty pissed too if that's all I had to work with.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:17 PM

courtesy, professionalism, respect

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:17 PM

Fuck the NYPD. Ive been to many Smif And Wesson shows and never ever saw a fight , until the NYPD started one. To get respect you have to give respect. And unfortunately there is

No courtesy
No Professionalism
No Respect

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:18 PM

1:33/1:45/1:51/1:52/1:57 = this person is going over to NYPD to report BV commenters hahhahah.

Bunch of babies.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:26 PM

i'd like to know who called them in the first place - that's where you will find the answer of what really happened

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:37 PM

The guy is actually punching the cop in the beginning of the best of the videos. I mean, come on. There's real police brutality, no question, but this is not it. If you continue to cry wolf over this stuff, when the guy clearly was punching the cop, you downgrade the seriousness of real brutality.

Way to drum up the hits with overhyped nonsense, bv.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:45 PM

Does anyone else find it odd that Smith Westerns made a record with Pete Rock.

Posted by Cop a doodle doot doot | June 30, 2011 2:50 PM

20 nypd don't show up just because it was a slow night. Somebody called them. Love to know why. You really can't tell what's going in in those videos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:53 PM

2:02
"Why would I need to know cops if I don't get in any trouble?"
it's called community ... something twatheads from elsewhere that move to NYC know absolutely nothing about.
now I know that you are from somewhere else.
go back, please.
I'll buy your bus ticket.
MY city is a far better place without you in it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:53 PM

@2:53pm - i'm born and raised here and probably before you were even born - i'm gonna say it again, whoever called the cops in the first place is where you will find the reason behind them showing up at all - try finding a copy when you need one - doesn't happen here much!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 2:59 PM

Hey 253pm. I'm 202 born and raised in the East Village.

It's called community? hahahha unless you get in trouble or are in need, I don't need to know cops. It's their job to protect our community idiot.

Yea get to know their names and blah. Only bros like you would do that. Get a life bro and keep thinking NYPD is the shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:00 PM

Right or wrong, it's just NEVER worth trying to get into it with cops, verbally and especially physically. You will get FUCKED. UP. Yes, they're assholes. Yes, they're probably in the wrong. But just suck it up and move along. If you try to confront anyone with a modicum of petty power, they will make your life hell. Ever try arguing with TSA people at the airport?

Yeah, it sucks. So either do something about cops being assholes (though not on the spot) or just put your head down and move along.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:00 PM

2:59 - I doubt that. I think I've got several years on you, both on this planet and in the City.

And my dick is bigger too.

Now, GET OFF OF MY LAWN!!!1!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:01 PM

@253pm How many cops do you know?

Do you feel special or something?

It's called community hahahha.

You probably bring your community cops to your home or take them out.

That's bro life right there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:03 PM

253/301 = same person. bro type. probably likes the cults.

probably in high school too. talking about you know what. D@@@

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:04 PM

"it's called community ... something twatheads from elsewhere that move to NYC know absolutely nothing about.

Really? You actually think that? Probabaly one of the stupidest statements I've read on BV in a while, and that's saying a lot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:04 PM

I'm most surprised the pigs didn't shoot someone then plant a gun on his corpse claiming "self-defense", then winning the murder trial after two-hundred witnesses testify that the person was unarmed.

Yet when you really need a pig, he's gorging himself in the trough.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:05 PM

only pencil neck wannabe hipsters call people "bro" or "brah" or such.

Hipster train soun-ding louder
Ride on the hipster train!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:05 PM

Brutal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:06 PM

I think that there are maximum two real people posting all the shit, arguing with themselves.

Get a life.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:07 PM

who cares?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:07 PM

I don't have time to watch all those YouTurd videos, could someone sum up what really happened in one terse and coherent sentence?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:10 PM

If you don't kill cops you're a homophobe

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:13 PM

ALL ABOVE COMMENTS WERE SUBMITTED BY SMIF N WESSUN/ PETE ROCK....#HYPEMACHINE #MONUMENTAL ALBUM DROP #REAL HIP HOP #NYPD BLUES

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:21 PM

"Do you feel special or something?"

I am continually amazed that some people will misinterpret any comment in amazing and idiotic ways.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:24 PM

>>someone sum up what really happened in one terse and coherent sentence?


Cops with attitude clash with hip-hop crowd with attitude, angry words exchanged, cop pushes loudest guy, loudest guy punches back, all cops unload on loudest guy while everyone screams.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:31 PM

moral of the story kids ... don't be a punk ass bitch, to anyone, unless you're ready to get a beatdown for being a fucking wiseguy.

of course, this will be lost on most of you stupid idiots

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:33 PM

this would never happen at a Mumford & Sons show...

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:34 PM

@3:01pm - not surprised you brought up your 'dick being bigger than mine' - dumb ass - i'm a woman - just proves my point all you want to do is shoot off your mouth without knowing the facts about any of this!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:37 PM

moral of the story? don't be either black, or a citizen of your own country.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:40 PM

i believe these music fans were racially profiled by the NYPD.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:48 PM

3:37
dumb ass twat - so glad you are on here to enlighten us with the facts.
Haven't seen any so far, only perception.
But you being the all knowing one I'm glad you are on it.
By the way, I didn't say soy I said whole milk in that latte.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:51 PM

"don't be either black, or a citizen of your own country."

You really need to travel abroad. You have no idea how ignorant you sound.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:53 PM

Yo check this - I was at a rap concert, and a fight broke out! Unbelievable, I know.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:54 PM

Brotha has a right to pop a cop in the mouth, what's the problem?

Obvious publicity stunt

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:56 PM


These comments are hilarious. New York Cops are corrupt with a quota to fill to get overtime bonuses, profiling Blacks and Latinos and hip-hop is a New York Cop pastime.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 3:57 PM

My vagina's bigger than yours. There. Now will you please just shut your snatch and listen?

The spectacle of anyone getting the shit kicked out of them is awesome, and they deserved it. It's just too easy not to get the shit kicked out of you by a cop. Have you ever had the shit kicked out of you by a cop? No. It's pretty easy not to, right? Actually harder to get beat down than not to, right? SHUT. THE. FUCK. UP.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:04 PM

I'll just defer to my main man Ice T for my opinion on this matter.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:05 PM

mayor bloomberg ultimately responsible for creating the perfect storm.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:08 PM

hey this is fun! who else can we blame for a RIOT AT A RAP CONCERT since we know those never happen. a few ideas:

whites
the (previous) president
denmark
hummus

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:10 PM

Tawana told the truth!

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:15 PM

All of you children, of all ages, making sweeping statements about cops or rap artists or blacks or whites or any other group are really ignorant mother fuckers.

Unfortunately, I would bet that you are all white middle class Liberals, which is really pathetic and predictable.

No one cares about your regurgitated bullshit. Just, stop, please.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:18 PM

the best hip hop shows are the ones filled with white kids.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:27 PM

Here 4:27, I corrected that for you:

"The only hip hop shows that I've been to are the ones filled with white kids."

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 4:30 PM

Smif & Wesson are dope.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 6:22 PM

@4:04pm - there you go, you sexist pig - your comments speaks volumes - good night and have a miserable life

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 9:17 PM

i like police brutality

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 9:39 PM

In the end I blame society. Society made me what I am.

Bullshit, Arnold, you're a white suburban punk, just like us.

Then how come it still .... hurts?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 9:43 PM

I don't come to this site often but when I do there is ALWAYS some sycophantic cop dickrider posting. I guess I know where all the old indymedia trolls went, haha.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 9:48 PM

^ lame
"I don't come to this site often"
liar liar pants on fire

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 10:31 PM

4:18 PM Often reads the NY Post and takes the tabloid seriously.
A lot NY police are shady as hell whether they are jock types or neighborhood boys. There are some helpful ones, but not many or when need be.

The Village Voice covered two major stories on the NYPD in the last year or so about the wall of silence, the quotas they have to meet which more often bring on nasty confrontations, and an article about the hip hop police.

Great quote from Repo Man 9:43 PM.

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2011 11:53 PM

I studied the video and the following YouTube comment best sums up what led to the mayhem. I'm not asking anyone to like it, but know what happened...

female cop trying to move along a white couple, cops screaming "off the block!". Guy jerks around, screams "Don't touch me, bitch. I didn't do nuffin, da fuck you touchin me for?!", cop says "Are you stupid? Get the fuck out my face! I told you to leave!" Male officer grabs guy, guy tries pulling away saying don't touch me, you hear baton snap out, his gf tries getting in between to free him, struggle, batons´╗┐ start flying, he has a cop in a headlock, both are punching. Unlawful?

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 8:52 AM

11:53 - claiming the Village Voice as a legitimate news source speaks more to your political agenda than to the credibility of a 3rd rate rag with an axe to grind.
You're gonna need to expand your petty view of the world if you want to know the truth. But, being asleep is easy - keep at it. And that's what you are, asleep.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 9:13 AM

Thanks for the synopsis 8:52. That sounds about right.
White Liberal suburban punk with a chip on his shoulder starts shit with cops because he's been privileged his entire life and has not yet learned how to live in this world as a productive member of society. Tragic, really, but oh so predictable.
Thanks also for the Repo Man quote - poetically played.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 9:18 AM

yes, what the cops did was unlawful.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 9:18 AM

Definition of "asshole" ... anyone winning an argument against a Liberal

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 9:35 AM

Look at 'em, ordinary fucking people, I hate 'em.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2011 12:01 AM

Thanks for the synopsis 8:52. That sounds about right.
White Liberal suburban punk with a chip on his shoulder starts shit with cops because he's been privileged his entire life and has not yet learned how to live in this world as a productive member of society. Tragic, really, but oh so predictable.
Thanks also for the Repo Man quote - poetically played.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 9:18 AM

You did not get it at all. Dont you have some cops to go talk shit with or go be a meathead reading the NY Post Murdoch rag. There is at least well researching journalists at the Village Voice you simple minded Libertarian right wing loser.
Sure there was a few idiots in that crowd outside but that doesn't mean beating up the whole club. So why did cop who revealed nasty behaviour and quotas in Bed Stuy get chased upstate by the dept?? Sad really, but predictable.

Your saying Tom Robbins and Graham Rayman are third rate journalists? Read the article the NYPD tapes from the Village Voice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2011 5:39 PM

11:53 - claiming the Village Voice as a legitimate news source speaks more to your political agenda than to the credibility of a 3rd rate rag with an axe to grind.
You're gonna need to expand your petty view of the world if you want to know the truth. But, being asleep is easy - keep at it. And that's what you are, asleep.

Posted by Anonymous | July 1, 2011 9:13 AM

And obviously being a dolt idiot who reads the NY Post speaks volumes to your level of well rounded critical thinking. Five disorderly people at that club doesnt mean beating up the whole crowd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 2, 2011 5:46 PM

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