Fans rally in support of rapper Meek Mill

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Fans rally in support of rapper Meek Mill
Fans rally in support of rapper Meek Mill: Christie Ileto reports on Action News at 6 p.m., November 13, 2017

CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Fans, athletes and fellow rappers took to the streets in Center City Monday, calling for rapper Meek Mill's sentence to be overturned.

The North Philadelphia native was convicted of gun and drug charges in 2008.

Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley revoked the rapper's probation last week, after Mill was caught driving a dirt bike in New York City months earlier.

Advocates outside the Criminal Justice Center are calling out the judicial system that they say failed him and continues to fail others.

"His sentence wasn't fair at all," said Allegra Schloder. "Yes, he made mistakes and stuff; he doesn't deserve that amount of time for stuff like that."

Attorney Michael Coard said no one goes to state prison for technical violations.

"It's one thing if you are out on probation and you go out and rob somebody, kill someone or rape someone, but the idea of taxpayers spending $42,000 to jail a man who should be doing community service," he said.

Many people agreed that the sentence just seemed too harsh.

"A couple of months maybe but two to four years," said Essence Turner. "When there are people doing worse than that and getting less sentence?"

Rapper Freeway said, "I feel as though because of who he is, and his status, they were trying to make an example."


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