Date: June 2011
Five people—Louis Pena, Gabriel Diaz, Cynthia Rosa, James W. Ayala, and Jade Everett—were arrested after a brawl with police outside of Lower East Side nightclub Tammany Hall following the album release party of Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock's collaborative album, Monumental. Supporters of the "Monumental Five" claim that the officers present were simply there to bust heads. However, the NYPD says that officers responded because of reports of overcrowding inside of Tammany Hall and the eventual fight. The NYPD also claims that five officers suffered injuries ranging from a broken front tooth to a broken nose. The NYPD says they were called by security at the venue, who needed assistance to deal with a crowd of over two-dozen people who were throwing beer bottles, a sandwich board and anything else that they could get their hands on at each other" according to spokesman Paul Browne. A website created for the Monumental 5 says that the event was peaceful inside, but potential guests were denied entry by club security and management. An argument followed, but bouncers settled it peacefully. However, within30 minutes, 15 to 20 officers from the 7th Precinct arrived, but then left to join fellow officers near the exit.
Officers who had just left Tammany Hall reportedly put on black gloves. Around the same time, more officers arrived, and Pete Rock's wife Shara McHayle is quoted as saying they were met by a "sea" of "gloved up" and "aggressive" officers. That's where McHayle says they saw a guest being brutally assaulted by as many as 10 officers. McHayle added that police ordered everyone to "move the fuck back" before pushing her and her daughter to the ground when they didn't move fast enough. Everett, McHayle's daughter, reportedly demanded police move away from her mother, and was arrested and charged with assaulting an officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. While in custody, Everett and Rosa reportedly began their menstrual cycles, but were denied access to feminine hygiene projects for over 24 hours. All five were hit with a myriad of charges, including assault, rioting, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and obstruction of governmental administration.