Meek Mill Thinks God Wants Him to Help Minorities in Similar Legal Situations
Meek Mill continues to sit behind bars while he serves a two-to-four year prison sentence, but the Philadelphia rapper recently got to speak with Lester Holt of NBC Nightly News about his legal situation and his plans to help minorities when he's released.
The Wins & Losses rapper was sentenced to prison in November after violating his probation, which stemmed from a 2007 gun possession and drug charges case. The incident put him on probation for 10 years. During the interview, which aired on Thursday (April 12), Meek said he always had a feeling that being on probation for so long would lead him to ending up back in prison.
"It was always a thought in the back of my mind that 10 years of probation would bring me back to prison because a technical violation is police contact," the rapper told Holt. "Like, police contact, you don't have to be charged with a crime. You don't have to be found guilty of a crime; you can be sentenced to what you were sentenced for like, what I was facing."
During the interview, Holt also spoke with the city of Philadelphia's new District Attorney, Larry Krasner, who agreed the system needs fixing. "Across the board, African-Americans are ending up with worse sentences over and over than white people, even if you control for the type of offense," Krasner said.
Along with the D.A., Meek now has the support of the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf, Philly Mayor Jim Kenney and countless high-profile names such as Jay-Z, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin.
While the rapper continues to fight for his release, he's already looking toward his future. "I think God delivered me a job to help people, helping minorities that come from these situations like myself," he said. "I say don't show me no pity because this is my life. This is what I've been going through and I think God put me in this position to be able to do a show with Lester Holt and open up eyes for other young Black men."
Check out Meek Mill's interview below.
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