Frustrated Meek Mill speaks out from prison: I am a political prisoner #FACTS
APR. 14, 2018. Jailed rapper #MeekMill
has spoken out from prison, telling #PageSix
he is a “political prisoner,” a victim of a flawed #criminaljusticesystem
that keeps black men in #jail
for crimes they didn’t commit.
In 2008 #Meek
was convicted on gun and drug charges in #Philadelphia
with police claiming he sold crack cocaine to an informant and threatened officers with a gun. He was sentenced by Judge #GeneceBrinkley
to up to 23 months in jail and 10 years probation. Meek served several months in prison, and was released early with parole.
But Meek was arrested in 2017 for “reckless endangerment” for popping wheelies on a dirt bike in #NewYork
while not wearing a helmet. No charges were filed, but because he was on probation #JudgeBrinkley
sentenced Meek to two to four years in jail.
over sparked criticism from other artists, including #JayZ
who said “the criminal justice system stalks black people like Meek Mill.” Protests sprung up, and so did the #FreeMeekMill
hashtag on social media.
Speaking via a phone at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, Pennsylvania Meek said, “I am a political prisoner. Yes, I’m frustrated there’s no way in a million years I could get a fair trial in front of this judge…Yeah, I am angry, but I am a prisoner of politics – me being in this situation, has brought light to the people who are serving time because of other corrupt cops.” The #rapper
explained why he could not have pointed a loaded gun at the cops, “In the middle of a full-blown raid, do you believe that I could point a gun at two officers, when there’s 10 other officers in attendance with firearms in the air? “Do you believe in America that I could point a gun at two officers and not be killed or at least shot at? They are trained…to shoot into the target and neutralize, that’s why you are seeing young black men who are shot 20 times, 15 times, for reaching for their cellphone in their pocket or running from police #NINFONETWORK #FOODNINFO #BUZZFEED #HUFFPOSTGRAM #NYC #LA #PA #PHILLY #EAGLES #NICKIMINAJ #DRAKE #DREAMCHASERS #MAYBACHMUSIC #RICKROSS #WALE