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Philadelphia Planning March To Protest Meek Mill's Prison Sentence
\u201cI stand for @meekmill. I hope my city does the same.\u201d— Black Thought (@Black Thought) 1510546636
After a judge sentenced Meek Mill to two to four years in state prison for violating his probation, residents of Philadelphia are planning a march in support of the rapper.
Titled "Rally For Meek" the march will be taking place today at the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia. The protest stems from Judge Genece E. Brinkley sentencing Meek, real name Robert Williams, to two to four years in state prison for violating his probation. Meek was arrested for getting into an altercation at a St. Louis airport. He was arrested again for reckless endangerment after a traffic violation on a motorcycle, which he pled guilty to last month.
Ultimately, Brinkley deemed both instances a violation of Meek's probation and told the rapper that he was "thumbing your nose" at her for his violations. However, Meek's lawyer Joe Tacopina believes Brinkley has a personal vendetta against the rapper. According to Tacopina, that vendetta is centered on a Boyz II Men song.
Tacopina told TMZ that Brinkley said Meek Mills should remake Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee," shouting her out on the record. Meek started laughing, thinking that she was joking, and Brinkley responded by saying "I'm not kidding."
A number of entertainers have taken to social media to defend Meek including Jay-Z. Not only did the 4:44 rapper speak out against the sentencing during a recent live performance but he also penned a response on Facebook.
"The sentence handed down by the Judge — against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer — is unjust and heavy handed," Jay-Z wrote. "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."