Fight The Power!

Rappers and activists alike will gather at New York City’s City Hall today to protest police brutality during a raid at a club for Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun album release party. The raid took place on June 28th, at Tammany Hall in the midst of celebration for Pete Rock and Tek & Steele of Smif-N-Wessun’s new album, Monumental. In the middle of the festivities, over 20 NYPD officers stormed in and reportedly started beating and macing patrons inside and outside the venue. Activist Kevin Powell, a close friend of Pete Rock, told AllHipHop.com that he took offense to how the NYPD treated the people at this event. Powell spoke highly of Pete’s commitment to positive values and community and stated, “This is what makes this over-the-top police violence following their joint CD release party so outrageous and unjust. We say enough of treating every single Hip-Hop gathering in New York like a crime waiting to happen and we say enough to the NYPD’s use of excessive inhumane force, especially when it comes to young people and people of color in New York.” If you are interested in participating, the rally will take place at 12:00PM, on the steps of City Hall in lower Manhattan.

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