Story by T’Mari Proctor. Photo Courtesy of New York Times.
APRIL 20, 2018: Last month a judge sentenced the rapper Meek Mill for violating his probation. What’s crazy is that he was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison. What for? Listen carefully because the story gets to be even crazier. Meek Mill was already on probation for a gun and drug charge that took place back in in 2008. This time he was driving his motorcycle in the streets of New York City popping wheelies. The police stopped him and charged him with reckless endangerment. This is absolutely insane to be sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for foolishness like popping a wheelie on a motorcycle in my opinion.
This news has angered a lot of fans and even celebrities. Many celebrities such as Jay Z, Kevin Hart, and even Colin Kaepernick have all taken a stand for justice for the popular rapper. The hashtag that says #freemeekmill has gone viral for the world to see. Kevin Hart posted on his Instagram page @kevinhart4real “Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I'm here for you man!!!! My brother for life...Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass...Stay strong & keep your head up.”
Billionaire Jay Z stated on his Facebook page, “The sentence handed down by the Judge -- against the recommendation of the assistant district attorney and probation officer -- is unjust and heavy-handed. We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career.”
Some are saying that being a celebrity should have nothing to do with how a person is treated in the courts. On the other hand, some think that if you break the law, you should pay the price period! What are your thoughts on this subject? It is definitely something to think about.
T’Mori Proctor is a 6th grade scholar at Friendship Woodridge International Academy.