Pete Rock Speaks On How The NYPD Scuffle Began, Vows "Enough Is Enough"

UPDATE: In the aftermath of the police scuffle at New York City's Tammany Hall, Pete Rock speaks from outside Centre Street in Manhattan about the melee.

Following yesterday morning's melee with the police scuffle outside of Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun's Monumental release party, Pete Rock's lawyer, Kenneth Montgomery, and wife, Shara McHayle, have issued statements regarding the melee. The incident, which took place outside of New York City, New York's Tammany Hall, ended up with six citizen arrests and five police injuries.

Smif-N-Wessun's Official Statement Regarding Police Melee

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 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. The group’s attorney, Kenneth Montgomery, is addressing the situation now with local community leaders & is available for comment with more detailed information.

Pete Rock's Wife, Shara McHayle, Speaks On The Incident

"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."

[June 30]

Pete Rock Vows To Fight Police Brutality In The Wake Of NYPD Scuffle

Pete Rock spoke to Jay Diamond yesterday outside of New York Criminal Court on Centre Street in Manhattan, New York. During the discussion, he explained that his daughter was arrested trying to defend her mother from unwarranted police assault.

"That she attacked a police officer, but that’s so untrue. What happened was, she was trying to protect her mother from the police hitting her, hitting her mom. So they were hitting her on her leg, and she was like, ‘Don’t hit my mother.’ My wife was saying, ‘Don’t hit my daughter.’ That’s what happened. No one assaulted cops. The cops were the ones that assaulted people, period. It’s just enough is enough. I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough of seeing it on the news, I’ve had enough of seeing it in the street. Now, I’m in the middle of it and I’ve really had enough. We’re just going to support and keep this thing going until we get justice."

Watch the full interview below, which also features Steele and Louis Skagg.

RELATED: Details Emerge In Police Scuffle At Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun's NYC Release Party





  • Anonymous

    One day people are gonna get tired of the police and just start bustin at them bitches!! I ma patiently waiting for that day, sad as it sounds that day need to happen soon!! Enough is enough from the bitch ass donut patrol!!!! This may be said to say but when I hear about a cop getting killed in action it doesn't move me. These cops are the main fucking reason peace is broken at events especially black events!! FUCK ALL COPS!!!!!!!!! TIME TO RETALIATE!!!

    • WeDon'tBelieveYou

      Look at this bitch ass computer thug talking bout I'm patiently waiting for the day to bust on the laws...Nigga shut the fuk up wit your lying ass... you probably the first nigga to dial 911 when the shit go down.. lol smh at this nigga u wouldn't bust a grape in a food fight ass nigga... haha you a sweet candy kane ass nigga...old shacking uncontrollably when the cop is giving you a no seatbelt ticket ass nigga.... hahaha

    • Anonymous

      You go retaliate. It's that type of thinking that makes you ignorant. Every dog has it's day.

  • bswift77

    This is Bullshit!!! The police feel just cuz they got badges they can assault and beat people. Fuck that we need to fight back. Fuck the punk police!!!!

  • Anonymous

    LOL man SMMFH That old lady was the cause of the problem... I was chillin at the bar that night at the show and seen it all go down she started poppin off even threw her drink at security causing her daughter the one in the Yellow dress and her niggas to run in to assist.A big fight popped off and the rest is history my nigga..SMMFH Now she all sad cause her daughter in jail...LBMFAO

  • Nico 3

    Ok. Why would a group of cops just burst in and start assaulting people? That doesn't make sense. There are two sides to every story. I wish Pete Rock would have taken the time to address that, and then if he had something to say regarding the police, it would have come across alot more credible.

    • noahc313

      you must be a cop/CI or just used to getting beat by your bitch

    • ddjj

      did you see the video of the Filipino cop tackling the woman that night. most nypd cops are crooked trust me i seen them do this regularly

  • Anonymous

    we need both sides of the story because everyone that gets locked up always say "i aint do nothing" classic statement

    • Anonymus (Due To Pending Litigation)

      my apartment was raided and ransacked last month, and i didn't do anything - no drugs no guns no criminal activity..... i was taken to jail for a day and released. the DA declined prosecution. needless to say, the taxpayers of this city are about to pay me for the mistakes of the over zealous NYPD. We really need to do something about the draconian practices of the NYC police force. you would have to have police injustice done to you, before you can really understand.......

  • fuckdaporkchoppatrol

    Man fuck the holice. The blood,crips,vl's etc aint got shit on them pussies. Anybody down for bussin back at them pigs get at me

  • Anonymous

    get ya money pete!

  • Urgent Message

    If you died today where would you spend eternity? Heaven or hell? Jesus is the gate way to heaven! All you have to do is believe that He came and died for your sins and rose from the dead. It is that simple.

    • killz

      its more to it than that. u must be baptized, hear the gospel, obey the gospel and repent of your sins.

  • jae supreme

    the "police state" is definitely in effect here in NYC - i had an incident with the NYPD a couple months back, that is now in litigation...... all i have to say is people learn and know your rights - we're entering strange times....smh

  • herbie

    this is one of the many incidents that prove that we need to stop getting carried away thinking "everything has change" still alot to do. i hope those barbaric nypd fuckers get dealt with. oh yea fuck jigga nigga, you're clearly an idiot! much respect and support to pete,smiff-n-wessun and everyone assaulted by the nypd terrorists. -bless

  • themusesince80

    i have yet to read a statement from the nypd? am i missing something here? to ignore this incident is to condone it! every outlet should be reporting this... not just the hip hop sites!

    • Jigga Nigga

      LMFAO @ Y'all bum niggas, Drake runnin' this game... Pete is a bum and S&W ain't done shit hot since 95, Future is here son... GOOGLE ME

  • Jigga Nigga

    Shoulda beaten Pete & S&W to death as a punishment for their wack output lately!

    • yvonne

      It's a disgrace to hear plp like j, nigga whateva talk like that.... that nigga is just hating..such a tragedy! that's why black on black crime will neva end, cuz plp like him don't know how to keep ya mouth shut... how would you like it if it happend to ya wifey, cuz I know dam sure u don't have a wife. SORRY ASS NIGGA..

    • dark

      thiz,jigga n., soundz like some homo-thug mofo. your wack azz name speakz 4 itself. your fam should b beat down like thiz by the pigz & c how u act. you'll prob bitch up & beg 4 mercy. we must stand up 2 all social injustice, collectively. p.s. drake iz garby.

    • Crystal

      Kids got no respect these days. It's a disgrace reading such things. Shame on a nigga!


      wow really keep that shit to your self home boy

    • southerndope

      Coming from someone who calls himself 'Jigga Nigga'

    • G

      Asshole... this was serious shit people were beaten senselessly for doing nothing wrong and your cracking fucking jokes about this.... and the album was good, if you can't appreciate a Pete Rock album then fuck off, there wasn't a single wack track on the album....

    • Anonymous

      I hope a block of frozen feces from an airplane strikes your skull today.

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