In August of 2017, rapper Meek Mill was arrested for reckless recklessness after police saw him in an Instagram post on his motorcycle on the streets of New York City. The incident led to a controversial and unusually harsh sentence for probation violation that led to him serving five months in prison, amid public protest by Jay-Z, the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, Michael Rubin and many others, before being released.
Mill has continued to speak out against what he considers an unjust criminal justice system, and today he published an opinion piece in the New York Times that was accompanied by an even more strongly worded video. An extract appears below; See both in their entirety here.
"Like many of those currently incarcerated, I was the victim of a miscarriage of justice, committed by a phony officer, as determined by the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, and an unfair judge.
"My crime: blowing up a wheelie on a motorcycle in Manhattan." Even though the charge was dismissed in a New York City courtroom, a Philadelphia judge still considered my interaction with the police to be a technical violation of my rights. parole, resulting from an arrest in 2007, and sentenced me to two or four years in prison, even though I did not commit a crime, the judge also rejected my request for bail, calling me "danger to the community" and "risk of leakage".
"The test cost me my most precious asset: my freedom. I served five months. With the help of friends and the intervention of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, I was released on bail last April and I was able to resume my life. …
"Soon, some friends and I will announce a foundation dedicated to real change. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining us and lending your support to solve the moral crisis of our time, visit www.reformnow.com and register. "