Pete Rock & Smif-n-Wessun concert / Police brutality press conference [video]

{ exclusive feature}

Our coverage of the recent press conference held in response to the infamous confrontation with police at the recent Pete Rock and Smif-n-Wessun concert in New York City.

(SOURCE: NY1) Advocates Claim Fight By Manhattan Club Was Police Brutality: Community members, hip hop artists, local activists and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall today to show support for the five people charged in connection with a confrontation with police outside a Lower East Side club last week. They said the five were beaten, maced and arrested by police officers at an album release party and claimed the officers used excessive force. They also called for an end to police brutality. "I seen them grab my friend Louie and beat him up, and then someone called to me, 'Pete, your wife, your wife.' So I ran outside, and I see Officer Chow pushing my wife and daughter to the ground, like they attacked them," said hip-hop artist Pete Rock. "Cy Vance the [Manhattan district attorney], black people put your behind in office, so you need to drop these charges and charge the police," said Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron. The five people arrested were charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Several police officers and clubgoers were injured. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said police officers had every right to defend themselves and used appropriate force in doing so. (source)