A Vicious Cycle
Don Q — the rapper who gave hip-hop “Protect Ur Patek” and “Chasing These Bands” — was arrested last week. After authorities pulled him over on the night of Thursday, Nov. 30, police found a .22 caliber Beretta and a bag of weed in his possession. According to TMZ‘s sources, the drugs were found during a strip search.
The rapper was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of marijuana. During his arraignment, the Atlantic Records artist garnered a solid pack of supporters.
In the end, Q’s lawyer Stacey Richman ensured that he was released without bail. Richman effectively brought some key facts to the attention of the courts — (1) that there no legitimate reason for the initial traffic stop and (2) there was no probable cause for the rapper and his passengers to have been searched thereafter.
Yes, people are arrested for similar charges all the time. What made this story special is that fellow New York rapper A Boogie Wit da Hoodie showed up to his arraignment.
Though Q is due back in court in February, he and his NY counterpart are surely happy he’s out for the time being.
Follow the Leader
Don Q’s stop and arrest is a classic case of authorities stereotyping minorities. Although, with tensions high between police officers and minority communities, it’s a good idea to steer clear of the law in all negative ways. Had Richman failed Q, he could have ended up in a situation like that of Meek Mill.
Sadly, the Billboard award winner stands as an example for those coming after him.
It has barely been a month since Meek Mill began his “heavy handed” prison sentence. The Philly rapper turned himself in less than a week after the lengthy sentence was handed down. Meek was given a minimum of two years in prison for violating a probation sentence stemming from nearly a decade prior.
The crimes he committed? News commentator and attorney Van Jones spelled it out best during an interview with Windy Williams. “But look at what he actually did… He popped a wheely,” Jones began on The Wendy Williams Show. He detailed Meek’s crimes as follows:
“He popped a wheely, trying to entertain kids. Shouldn’t have done that, but he popped a wheely. He got his wisdom tooth/teeth pulled out and got hooked on Percocet. Went to rehab. Told them where he was going, but they got confused about that. Then, he broke up a fight… that the police said he was doing the right thing.”
Staying on Topic
The case spoke volumes about the growth — or lack thereof — of America’s legal system. It shined a hot and bright light on the justice system’s — and in particularly Judge Genece Brinkley’s — willingness to deliver harsh sentences without a second thought.
It sparked outrage throughout the hip-hop community, but no one was more vocal about Meek’s sentencing than mogul Jay-Z. Meek’s fellow ROC Nation artist consistently spoke against the two-to-four year sentence in social media and throughout his 4:44 tour.
The rapper went even further when he penned a moving op-ed piece for the New York Times. After recapping Meek’s case, Jay threw the entire American justice system into question, calling out its motives and effectiveness.
“The specifics of Meek’s case inspired me to write this. But it’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” Jigga wrote. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
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