Meek Mill arrested in NYC for allegedly riding his dirt bike in the streets
Meek Mill was in NYC last night (8/17) to perform “Young Black America” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with The-Dream, and his time here went sour when he was arrested after he allegedly “rode his dirt bike on the streets of Manhattan and popped wheelies while not wearing a helmet,” Billboard reports. Here’s more of the story:
Mill was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Thursday after police saw an Instagram video from Wednesday night that purportedly showed him riding his dirt bike in an unsafe manner on the streets of Upper Manhattan. WABC reported that a 911 call from a witness brought police out to the intersection of West 207th Street and Sherman Ave. around 8:23 p.m. Wednesday night, but the group was gone by the time officers arrived. According to TMZ, officers were able to identify Meek, riding without a helmet, from videos posted on is Instagram live feed.
His lawyer Joseph Tacopina told The Daily News said Meek Mill’s arrest “really stinks of obvious targeting an individual who is a celebrity and maybe who law enforcement don’t like, and it’s not what the system is supposed to be about.” He added, “That level of investigation is normally reserved for heinous crimes, not for petty offenses like doing a wheelie on the street where you’re endangering no one’s life but your own.”
Meek was apparently broadcasting a stream on Instagram live as it happened, and this video purportedly captured his arrest:
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You can also watch his Fallon performance: