Hip-hop producer Pete Rock has blasted cops after officers clashed with partygoers at the launch of rap duo Smif-n-Wessun's new album.
The group was holding an event to celebrate the release of its Monumental album in New York City on Tuesday (28Jun11) when the venue's security bosses called police after an altercation among guests.
When cops arrived, scuffles broke out and the officers drew their batons and used "appropriate force" to deal with the disturbance.
But Rock has issued a statement accusing cops of overreacting and claiming his wife and stepdaughter were caught up in the violence at Manhattan's Tammany Hall.
He tells MTV News, "We were coming out and someone was screaming, 'Yo, Pete, your wife, your wife.' So I ran out to make sure they were OK and to make sure the cop would stop hitting them. My stepdaughter said the cop was hitting her leg and she jumped in the way for her mother, which is my wife, to take the hits... The cop was going bananas (out of control)."
A spokesman for the New York Police Department says, "Police officers had every right to defend themselves against individuals assaulting them, and used appropriate force in doing so. They also protected civilians who were being pelted with bottles at the outset, as they responded to the location at the request of the club's own security."