Arrests at Tammany Hall; Patrons Claim NYPD Brutality

Orchard Street in front of Tammany Hall is quiet this morning, but last night was a different story.

An event that began as a hip-hop CD release party at Orchard Street nightclub Tammany Hall yesterday evening ended with blood on the sidewalk, the arrest of half a dozen patrons and at least five police officers injured in the wee hours of the morning.

Ten minutes after midnight, NYPD officers responded to a call for help from security staffers at the club, who reported a dispute among patrons that had grown unruly during the show, according to the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information office, which compiled a preliminary report this morning. Officers arrived to find a large crowd outside the club, and proceeded to arrest one person for disorderly conduct. The suspect fought back, striking an officer in the face and breaking a front tooth, according to DCPI. The suspect then allegedly called for help from other patrons inside and outside the club as officers began to clear out the over-capacity space.

NYPD Storms Tammany Hall on Orchard Street

The scene at Tammany Hall last night, before the police arrived. Photo by Vulkan the Krusader (www.vulkanthekrusader.com)

Fans of hip hop acts Smif N Wessun and Pete Rock are reporting this morning that dozens of NYPD officers stormed the Tammany Hall bar at 152 Orchard St. late last night, breaking up the crowd with pepper spray.

One concertgoer described the scene in a YouTube video posted online early this morning.

The concert was a release party for the two acts’ joint CD, Monumental. The free concert began at 7 p.m. and also featured Da Beatminerz  and DJ Bazarro.

A police spokesman said this morning that he could not provide details on the incident until later today; we’ll follow up as we learn more.