Rev. Al Sharpton Will Lend Assistance To Meek Mill's Case

Esequiel Farfan
Noviembre 28, 2017

Since the ruling, Mill has skyrocketed to national fame and become a symbol for critics of the criminal justice system, which they say unfairly targets African-Americans.

Civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton is expected to visit Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill in a Chester, Delaware County prison on Monday.

In sentencing him, Judge Genece E. Brinkley ordered a prison term of two to four years over the long-running case, with eligibility for parole after two years.

"If you can do something like this to a successful artist like Meek Mill, you can do this to many around the country", Sharpton said. Mill was recently transferred to a different detention center in Pennsylvania.

He was convicted of drug dealing and gun possession back in 2008.

Al identified the first step in Meek's longstanding fight against the prison system: Convincing Pennsylvania officials to agree the rapper's 2-4 year sentencing for non-violent violations of his 10-year parole is harsh and unjust. He was arrested and put on probation when he was 18 years old.

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According to a press release, Rev. Sharpton was accompanied by Attorney, Joe Tacopina, for his visit.

Mill's defense team filed a motion earlier this month asking Brinkley to recuse herself from the case and allow a new judge to reconsider the rapper's fate.

"This has happened to countless young black men, and Meek Mill represents that, and he can be an example of how we correct that", Sharpton said.

The latter even penned a New York Times op-ed about the issue.

While in prison, Mill, 30, has also spoken with free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said the rapper is "humbled by the support the people have shown him".

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