Meek Mill set to be released from prison, vows to use his platform for less fortunate people of color
In a series of tweets the rapper expressed his gratitude for the people who rooted for him; he also revealed that his five months in jail "have been a nightmare."
After months of protests, the trending hashtag #FreeMeekMill and Jay-Z's scathing op-ed in the New York Times, it was announced on Tuesday that rapper Meek Mill will be released from prison.
The 30-year-old musician has been riddled with a prison sentence that began when he was just 18.
The rapper expressed his gratitude to the people who stood behind him during the trying times via Twitter, and said that he will be helping people of color who are not as fortunate as him but in similar situation.
He vowed to use his platform to highlight the inherent racial bias in the judiciary system, before adding that he will use his newfound freedom to focus on his family and making new music.
I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
Nicki Minaj's ex, whose real name is Robert Williams, was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a gun and drug case from nearly a decade ago. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Meek had opened up about how the cops that arrested him found his gun, beat him up, and arrested him.
He was arrested again in 2008 for the same charges, by one Officer Reginald Graham, who has since found his way into the list of current and former police officers whom prosecutors have sought to keep off the witness stand over allegations of misconduct.
Meek's attorney Joe Taccopina recently filed a motion accusing Graham of lying under oath during the rapper's trial.
I think Meek Mill is a knucklehead, but Genece Brinkley should be removed from this case if not the bench. She clearly has it out for Meek.— Deji Okusanya (@DejiOkusanya) April 17, 2018
That being said, what good will it all be if Meek is released and goes back out to doing dumb sh#t?
Judge Genece Brinkley, a Philadelphian criminal justice figure that has presided over Meek’s case since he was first jailed at 19, was also instrumental in keeping him locked up. While sentencing Meek to two to four years in prison back in November, she accused him of doing "what he wants" and not using the opportunities he had to clean up his act.
“In my 25 years as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have never witnessed such inappropriate behavior from a judge at this level. But I do know this: she will not be able to hide her conduct from the scrutiny of the justice system forever.” the Philly rapper’s lawyer said in a statement.
The new judgement comes as a relief to many Meek supporters, including actor Kevin Hart, who visited the rapper in jail the same day his release was announced. "He shouldn't be in jail," the actor told NBC.
"I’m not going to say this guy is an angel ... but he has done his time. He has paid for it.