ESSENCE: How did you get involved with Meek Mill's case and who else is supporting him?
This case has sparked outrage not just from the hip-hop community but from activists for criminal justice reform around the nation, including Colin Kaeperinck. The single was released in 2012, and in it, the rapper reflects on growing up in poverty, his initial incarceration in 2008 and how he overcame his struggles - going from handcuffs wrapped around his wrists to a Rolex watch. The sentence has been criticized for its length and the credibility of claims he violated his probation.
Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin wrote a letter to the judge who sentenced rapper Meek Mill to two-to-four years in prison for violating his probation.
While Meek isn't flawless - his probation stems from a 2008 gun and drug charge (which he served a year for) - when it comes down to it, a 30-year-old father is going to be spending significant time behind bars due to two separate offenses that were both previously dropped.
Carmen Perez: The biggest incongruities of this case is that this young man who has worked so hard on behalf of his community, getting clean and contributing back - has had so-called "probation offenses" dogging him for more than 10 years.
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Addressing the crowd, Ross said that they aren't just protesting Meek's sentence but they are drawing attention to the justice system that they feel has been unfair to Americans. What is a huge incongruity in this case is that during last Monday's hearing, the District Attorney's office and the Probation Department pleaded with the judge for no prison time - yet she gave him 2-4 years for violations that simply do not exist. In an interview with Billboard, Meek's attorney Joseph Tacopina held nothing back when discussing his client's sentence and believed Judge Brinkley's sentence "was an enormously grave mischaracter of justice".
So far, Brinkley has not commented on the matter.
Tacopina told CNN on Monday that he plans to exhaust all legal avenues as well as political avenues to remedy what he called "an obvious injustice".
Even though the prosecutor and the probation officer recommended no jail time, Brinkley ignored them. "I want y'all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others".