"Unjust" and "Heavy Handed"
Less than a week after being handed a lengthy prison sentence for violating his probation, Meek Mill has turned himself in. The Philly rapper was processed by Pennsylvania’s Dept. of Corrections this week and is already serving his time. The name of the prison he’s riding out his sentence in is being concealed for security purposes.
Mill’s lawyer Joe Tacopina has been extremely vocal about his outrage with the sentencing. In an interview with Billboard, the attorney did not try to hide his disdain for Genece Brinkley, the judge who handed out the controversial sentence — and oversaw Meek’s original 2008 case. Tacopina adamantly stated that Brinkley’s decision stemmed from a personal issue with the rapper and that he would fight the sentence “until this gets rectified.”
Though Tacopina continues to give comments about the case, Meek has been relatively quiet. The “All Eyes on You” MC — who has received tons of support from his celebrity counterparts — did not even release a statement before turning himself over to the authorities. However, his last Instagram post, dated the day news of his sentencing broke, spoke volumes.
“We go to war for our freedom … they say we equal,” the rapper wrote next to a picture of himself sitting alone. “I used to wanna play i like Randall and be a Eagle …. i used to play the quarterback my homie would go receiver … that was until the football got flattened by a dope needle … on the pavement.”
Addressing the Issues
Brooklyn-raised rapper Jay-Z most notably spoke out against Meek Mill’s sentence. In a Facebook post, which was deemed headline-worthy by several outlets, Jay eloquently wrote:
The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.
The “Run This Town” rapper sparked a flood of support for Meek from celebs like T.I., Kevin Hart, and Rick Ross. Though none have remained quite as vocal about the situation as Jigga.
While performing in Texas on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), Jay-Z paused his set to discuss the grave injustice that Meek Mill and several other young black men like him are experiencing. Less politically correct than his Facebook post, Jay candidly recapped Meek’s struggles with the law.
Never Too Loud
“If you give me two seconds… I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” Jay said in the middle of performing in Dallas on his 4:44 tour. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F–king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f–king wheelie.”
In August, Meek was arrested for reckless driving (i.e. showing off on his motorcycle in New York) only five months after he was arrested on misdemeanor assault charges in March. The assault case was dropped and a plea deal was reached in the reckless driving case. However, when mixed with failing to get permission to travel and failing a drug test, Brinkley saw nothing but constant disrespect for the courts.
The prosecutor himself suggested that Meek serve no jail time, citing that the Philadelphia native had grown leaps and bounds from the person who was sentenced on gun and drug charges nearly a decade ago. Still, Meek Mill is sitting in prison right now.
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