#FreeMeek

On November 6, 2017, a Philadelphia judge sentenced rapper Meek Mill to 2-4 years in prison for violating probation. 

Meek was arrested in March for an altercation at an airport and as a result, charged with misdemeanor assault. Most recently, he was also arrested in August for riding his dirt bike in New York City and charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Both charges were dropped. It is also interesting to note that the district attorney recommended no jail time. However, the judge felt Meek's actions showed that he has not learned his lesson or took heed to any warnings he was given from the court. 

According to Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, the judge asked him to remake Boyz II Men's, "On Bended Knee." Tacopina also mentioned that the judge suggested that Meek give her a shoutout. 

As a result of the sentencing, dozens of celebrities have reached out on social media to share their support of Meek and their disapproval of the justice system. Jay-Z commented by saying the sentencing was "heavy-handed."

This news is tough to hear. Especially because It appeared that Meek was making strides towards becoming a better person since last leaving prison .

 

Malcom X. Bowser is a writer, curator, and founder of Urban X.

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