Hundreds of Meek Mill fans filled the streets of Philadelphia on Monday night to protest the rapper’s 2-4 year prison sentence.
Rallying through the streets of the cold city, fans, family members and even celebrities braved the cold in honor of Meek, all while encouraging judge Judge Genece Brinkley to ease up on the sentence.
“Free Meek Mill, free Meek Mill,” folks chanted.
NBA icon, Julius Erving, addressed the large crowd on Monday, explaining, “I’ve only met Meek Mill once but he knows my son Julius III and he knows my friend Michael Reuben and they believe in Meek. As we rally today because we all believe in him and that the punishment bestowed upon him is excessive, is cruel and it’s motivated by unsavory circumstances.”
He added, “So this practice of jailing people when you feel like it against the recommendation of your own constituents and in this case it was a district attorney and it was his probation officer — that’s got to stop. Recuse the judge and let justice prevail.”
Rick Ross also attended the rally and spoke to the crowd, suggesting that “In Meek’s case it wasn’t simply a miscarriage of justice, it was an abortion of justice. I think the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; they need to take a second look at this bizarre sentencing.”
Meek was handed down a hefty sentence last week after being slapped with violation of probation. The judge made the harsh ruling based on the alleged fight last year in at St. Louis airport and popping wheelies.
Jay Z spoke out following the initial ruling, writing 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. 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.”