Bloomberg‘s foot soldiers once again showing their collective asses.
What was, at first, a peaceful event for Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock’s Monumental album release, ultimately malformed into a display of grotesque ignorance and tactlessness by the most heavily-armed gang in the city, the boys in blue (and no, I definitely am not talking about any Crips). Apparently, a single altercation OUTSIDE of the venue brought on the rushing gaggles of soldiers and pepper spray fog cover. Mind you, it was the evening of the 3rd to last day of the month – the answer to all of this nonsense is not as confusing as how that just read (think about how else they’d reach those end of the month quotas). Nothing new here, just further documentation on the fact that New York’s Finest simply practice anti-concern, intolerance, and brute force – no questions asked.
Now I have a question. Since when has a public event (even if teetering on becoming a so-called situation) reaped any peace-restoring benefits from police intervention? Maybe in a small domestic dispute between a couple, or the chance petty-theft-turned-1-block-chase scenario, but in community-type instances, the NYPD‘s patented style of flexing their menace (read: crowd control) has only quickened the climb from stability to red button magnitudes (read: non-civility). Perhaps greeting the people, whom you’ve sworn to serve and protect, with swinging nightsticks and hands on holstered firearms just isn’t the best way to start a conversation on defusing any loom-heavy tensions. Pardon me, I forgot about the Mace and Tasers.
That just shows exactly how these droids are (mis-)wired. By now, any half-awake 10-year-old knows that the image of an officer putting in effort to relate to the common citizen is simply some press conference podium hype, tell me, a born and bred New Yorker of 30 years, otherwise.
Coincidentally, I just found out that Mace was originally manufactured by Lake Erie Chemical (as “Chemical Mace”), an underling of Smith & Wesson (the New England-based arms maker). Ain’t that some shit?
Thankfully, the rumors of Pete Rock’s wife and daughter being harmed in the midst of the chaos were false. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about many other people and their friends and loved ones.
EDIT: No, wait, they did put hands on Pete’s family.
FATHER-YOU-SEE-KING THE PO.
For more info on this utter fuckery, okayplayer just posted an insightful interview with Tek and Steele.
Big ups Jay Diamond and Miss Info.