Jailed rapper Meek Mill has spoken out from prison, telling Page Six he is a “political prisoner,” a victim of a flawed criminal justice system 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 Genece Brinkley 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 bikein New York while not wearing a helmet. No charges were filed, but because he was on probation Judge Brinkley sentenced Meek to two to four years in jail.
The harsh sentence over sparked criticism from other artists, including Jay-Z who said “the criminal justice system stalks black people like Meek Mill.” Protests sprung up, and so did the #FreeMeekMill hashtag on social media.
In a huge development, it has been alleged in court papers that Meek’s original conviction was a setup by corrupt cops. Meek’s arresting officer, Reggie Graham, the chief witness against him in court, was a few months ago revealed to be on a secret list kept by the Philly DA of “tainted” cops who had “a history of lying, racial bias, or brutality.”