Last year at Hip Hop in the Park in Berkeley, I was blown away by a trio of amazingly-talented, political artists called Rebel Diaz, who performed beautifully melodic and militant songs about fighting for justice and serving your people. Yesterday, two of the members, Rodstarz and G1, were arrested in Hunts Point in the Bronx while witnessing NYPD harass a street vendor selling fruit. Here is their official statement:
Early this Wednesday (6/18/08) Rodstarz and G1 of the group REBEL DIAZ were up in Bronx on Southern Blvd in Hunts Point, when they noticed the police were harassing a street vendor who was selling fruit. The two went over to witness the cops in action and when they saw the police being abusive they pulled out a cell phone to video tape the incident and asked for the officers badge numbers. Subsequently they were beaten, detained and taken to 41st Precint in the Bronx under the direction of Captain McHugh. Rodstarz and G1 will be going to criminal court Thursday (6/19/08) and are being charged with obstruction of justice and assault.Be there in front of Bronx Criminal Court 9AM215 East 161st. Street Between Sheridan & Sherman Ave, East of the Grand Concourse. Take the 4, B, D to 161st Street Yankee Stadium Station. See You There, Support Our Brothers!Please call the 41st precinct 718-542-4771 or arresting Officer MacHugo @ 718-542-8745 to demand:1. Drop All Charges2. Release Rebel Diaz!For more information contact La Peña del Bronx at the following: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:718-292-6137WWW.REBELDIAZ.COMWWW.MYSPACE.COM/REBELDIAZALL OUT TO THE COURT!!!!
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