"I want y'all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others".
Later on, Rick Ross turned up and spoke to the crowd that had gathered for Meek.
"Yes, there needs to be action surrounding sentencing reform, but there needs to also be action taken around abolishing the racialized norms of injustice that can lead to Meek Mill serving 2-4 years in prison for non-violent parole violations, and Brock Turner only serving 3 months in prison for three felony counts of sexual assault".
Mill, who was on probation for a 2008 gun charge for which he already served two years in prison, was sentenced to two to four more years in prison after Judge Genece E. Brinkley found he violated his probation after two arrests earlier this year on misdemeanor charges, which were later dropped. The sentence has been criticized for its length and the credibility of claims he violated his probation.
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Johnston said the child has been transported to the hospital, along with another child who was shot while riding in a truck. Tehama, the community in which the shooting occurred, is about 210km north of Sacramento and has a population of just 3500.
"(Meek's) frustrated, really frustrated, and knows he's being treated different than anyone else", Tacopina said.
But Joe Tacopina, a lawyer for Mill based in New York City - who was not in the private meeting - has said Brinkley asked Mill past year to record a version of a Boyz II Men ballad, "On Bended Knee", and to mention the judge in it.
"He's been on probation for almost 10 years".
Meek's lawyer Joe Tacopina told TMZ he believes Judge Brinkley went against prosecutors recommendation for no prison sentence. "JAY-Z is out there going absolutely wild", he continued.
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It was one of five companies to indicate that it would pull advertising, including Realtor.com and the vitamin company Nature's Bounty .
Gabe Roberts, a courts spokesman, said neither Brinkley nor the court system would comment because it's a matter subject to future litigation.
"She's enamored with him", Tacopina tells Billboard.
Another way forward is filing an application for the state's Board of Pardons, a political avenue that Tacopina said they also plan to pursue. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't be in jail and he certainly wouldn't be on probation". "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".
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