Meek Mill Speaks at Support Rally Ahead of Court Appearance in Philadelphia
In the weeks since his release from prison, Meek Mill has been extremely vocal about the need for justice reform. Fresh on the heels of his sit-down with MSNBC's Ari Mebler, the Dreamchasers frontman is taking his social activism to the streets of his beloved city of Philadelphia ahead of his hearing this afternoon (June 18).
Before his scheduled court date, the rapper held a Stand With Meek Mill Rally outside of the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center. Joined by tons of fans tweeting with the hashtag #Justice4Meek, the artist addressed the crowd to thank them for their support and call for change to the criminal justice system. "Thank you to everyone coming out and standing up for me. It means a lot to me," he began.
"I spent Father's Day with my son last night. And, if it wasn't for people like y'all I wouldn't be here today to spend time like that with my son. So, I wanna say thank y'all."
"I actually left a lot of men inside those walls that can't spend Father's Day with their sons," he continued. "I wanted y'all to know that I will stand up for y'all family members through the rest of my music career, and the platform that I actually have to extend myself to make a difference in justice reform."
The organizers of the rally are calling for Judge Genece Brinkley to grant the Wins & Losses rapper a new trial, considering the credibility of the arresting officer who is at the center of a police corruption scandal. As previously reported, Meek's legal team has also requested that Judge Brinkley be removed from his case citing that she has "not acted to advance the interest of justice. However, the Supreme Court overruled this motion earlier this month after being deadlocked in a three-to-three vote.
The Stand With Meek Mill rally is expected to proceed until 5 p.m. today, with Meek giving a brief conference following his hearing shortly after.
Take a look at Meek Mill addressing his supporters below.
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