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Yandy Smith Pepper-Sprayed During Brooklyn Jail Protest

The reality star was sprayed while protesting living conditions for Brooklyn inmates.

Yandy Smith Pepper-Sprayed During Brooklyn Jail Protest
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Yandy Smith was pepper-sprayed on Sunday while protesting outside of the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The Love & Hip Hop star was among hundreds of individualsincluding Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory and rapper/activist Mysonne
who gathered after reports that inmates at the federal jail went days without power or heat.

Fox 5 News reporter Lisa Evers shared a picture of Smith after the incident on Sunday afternoon. “Yandy sprayed with pepper spray at MDC trying to support a mother worried about her son,” she captioned the image.

#breakingnews @yandysmith sprayed with pepper spray at MDC trying to support a mother worried about her son. #hot97 @hot97 @chrismsobel @fox5ny

Posted by Lisa Evers on Sunday, February 3, 2019

During the gathering, Smith took to Instagram to condemn people who claimed she was out in Brooklyn only for attention.

“Here real change is happening because we demanded it and put in the work. Stop sitting at home judging, causing dissension, and allowing nonsense to cloud your vision of what’s right!” she wrote. “Get up and get out there with me. You see the work and I will CONTINUE TO POST! SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY YANDY DOES IT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MAKE SURE YOU ADD BUT SHE REALLY PUTS IN THE WORK AND MAKES THINGS HAPPEN!”

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@tamikadmallory, @bonded4ever, @jamilatdavis, @mysonnenygeneral and myself got on the phone at midnight. And said what can we do to help these people out?! By the next morning this happened. So many of you people sit and poke fun on my page about the protest I’m apart of. Or say “here’s Yandy doing it for social media again” but what more is my social media for than to bring attention to the injustices we as humans deal with or the beauty of life we deal with. Here real change is happening because we demanded it and put in the work. Stop sitting at home judging, causing dissension, and allowing nonsense to cloud your vision of what’s right! Get up and get out there with me. You see the work and I will CONTINUE TO POST! SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY YANDY DOES IT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MAKE SURE YOU ADD BUT SHE REALLY PUTS IN THE WORK AND MAKES THINGS HAPPEN! Then say to yourself “IM A LAZY SIDE LINE HATIN A$$ LAME!” because you’re not putting in any work! If you can’t make it out here send food, soup, blankets for the protesters. Or you can cash app @tamikadmallory to aid in this $tamikamal. Now meet me out here at MDC 80 29th street Brooklyn NY . . . . Special thanks to the other street soldiers that got the call and SHOWED UP WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, SIGNS AND BLOW HORNS @ericaford_ilovemylife @lsarsour @trife_gangsta @nyjusticeleague @msladyjustice1 @angelo_pinto_ #occupyforhumanity #UntilThereIsHeat @noequalitynoeconomy @streetpoliticianspod

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The power and heat reportedly went out because of an electrical issue within the correctional facility, according to The New York Times. It is unclear how long the 1,600 inmates were without the amenities but many of them called federal defenders to report the freezing conditions during the harsh cold weather last week in New York City.

The inmates brought public attention to the issue by banging on the window bars of their cells.

After the weekend-long protest, officials restored the power in the center on Sunday night. The celebrity manager shared the victory with her nearly 6 million followers.

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YESSSSS YESSSSSSSSSS YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! We see lights!!! Lights are on!! We did it! @tamikadmallory @jamilatdavis @trife_gangsta @mysonnenygeneral @bonded4ever. Hope this means the heat is on too. We won’t leave until we have that confirmation. @omereandskylar mommy and @therealinfiniti_ be home soon❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ . . . IF YOU’VE WATCHED MY LIVE OR HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ME FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS YOU’VE SEEN TAMIKA @tamikadmallory LEAD THE WAY AT EVERY MARCH AND EVERY RALLY. I WAS OUT THERE TODAY BECAUSE SHE CALLED!!!!!. I WAS OUT THERE TODAY BECAUSE SHE SAID SIS I NEED YOU!!!!!! THIS IS HER FULL TIME JOB FOR THE PAST 20YRS. SHE IS BLACK HISTORY! FOR ALL OF YOU ASKING HOW YOU CAN HELP. YOU CAN HELP ME BY HELPING HER. YOU CAN HELP US AS A PEOPLE BY HELPING HER! SHE EATS WHEN WE FEED HER! AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE SHES GOOD SO SHES ABLE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT. $1, $2, $3 WHAT EVER YOU CAN SPARE SEND! NEXT IT COULD BE YOU GETTING BEAT AT A WAFFLE HOUSE, DRAGGED OFF A PLANE, YOUR SON, FATHER OR BROTHER SHOT MURDERED, YOUR FAMILY MEMBER FREEZING TO DEATH IN A CELL. SHES THE ONE THAT ORGANIZES AND LEADS THE WAY TO JUSTICE. LETS COME TOGETHER AND STORE UP FUNDS AND SUPPORT OUR REAL LIFE LEADER. I MEAN BOOTS ON GROUND, KNOCKING ON PEOPLES DOOR, SLEEPING OUTSIDE IN THE COLD LEADER!!!! ACTIVIST DON’T GET PAID, THEY ARE ABLE TO DO THE WORK ONLY WITH THE HELP OF THE COMMUNITY. SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE REACHED OUT TO ME ASKING WHAT THEY COULD DO OR GIVE. WELL SHES BEEN DOING THIS FOR 20YRS. PLEASE GIVE TO HER PERSONALLY! HELP ME BY DONATING TO HER WELL BEING!! TAMIKA CAN TELL YOU HOW TO DONATE TO HER ORGANIZATION BUT TODAY LETS SUPPORT HER PERSONALLY!!! CASHAPP $TAMIKAMAL CASHAPP $TAMIKAMAL Paypal.Me/TamikaMallory ZELLE Tmallory@malloryconsulting.net

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“YESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! We see lights!!! Lights are on!! We did it! @tamikadmallory@jamilatdavis@trife_gangsta@mysonnenygeneral@bonded4ever. Hope this means the heat is on too. We won’t leave until we have that,” the reality star said.

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