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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rev. Al Sharpton said a broken criminal justice system is responsible for Meek Mill’s imprisonment and called Monday for the judge who sentenced the rapper to reconsider or step aside.

Sharpton said he met with the 30-year-old musician in a Pennsylvania prison and told reporters outside the facility that Mill has become a symbol for the thousands of people who have been “victimized by abusive probationary and parole systems.”

“He’s representative of many people in institutions like this that do little or nothing, they’re violated and their lives, their businesses are ruined,” Sharpton said.

Mill was sentenced this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. The ruling came after both Mill’s probation officer and a prosecutor recommended that the Philadelphia-native not be jailed.

Before sentencing Mill, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said he wasted several chances to clean up his act after his original conviction. She cited a failed drug test, his failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two unrelated arrests before giving her ruling.

“You basically thumbed your nose at me,” she said.

The decision to imprison Mill has been criticized as heavy handed and has attracted attention through rallies, newspaper opinion pieces, billboards and buses in Philadelphia carrying the message “Stand With Meek Mill.”

Mill’s legal team has asked for his release and for the judge who sentenced him to be recused from the case.

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5 thoughts on “Rev. Al Sharpton Says Meek Mill Represents Victims Of Justice System

  1. specialt757 on said:

    “… 30-year-old musician” hmmmm that’s an interesting title. I would never think of him as a musician. People need to stop playin’ He is a criminal and he is where criminal should be, it’s a privilege to shall the same air as me when I haven’t broken any laws, okay yeah I speed, but who doesn’t lol.

  2. Excuse me, Rev. Al but—–there are way more important ISSUES regarding the African American community than Meek Mill finally being INCARCERATED.

    Mill GOT WHAT HE DESERVED.

    After having been granted leniency in other cases-i.e. possession of a gun which could have landed him from 5 to 15 yrs in jail, yet Mill continued to get into trouble and seemed to be
    thumbing his nose at the system.

    The judge who had granted him Mercy-cracked down on his dumbass due to his constant
    violating the terms of his parole.

    What did Meek not understand about PAROLE? It is a TEMPORARY state-IT CAN BE REVOKED
    WHEN YOU VIOLATE IT.

    I am not shedding any tears for this fool.

    We as a community need to MOVE ON.
    Let Meek stay right where he is-LET HIM THINK ABOUT WHY HE IS WHERE HE IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, the criminal justice system in Amerykah is BROKEN-taking up the cause for Meek
    is not the way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. That’s where he belongs. If he was a regular brother, her would’ve been locked up long ago. So, I personally do not care if they throw away the key. Sharpton needs to spend time defending those that need it and not some well-to-do celebrity who thinks he’s not required to follow the same rules!

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