This week, Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating probation and failing a drug taste. Meek is managed by Roc Nation, whose founder Jay Z has spoken out multiple times about the sentencing, calling it "unjust and heavy handed" in a Facebook post and addressing it again on stage in Dallas last night (11/7). Billboard points to a fan-shot video that shows Jay saying:
Got a young man by the name of Meek Mill, he caught a charge when he was like 19 -- he's 30 now [and] has been on probation 11 years. This 4:44 album is all about us moving forward, moving past it. In order for us to move past the shit we going through, we have to address it. Everyone has to be just as outraged, [we] can't look at it as a black and white issue, we have to look at it as a human issue. Black people in particular, we have to get our shit together. We not second class to anybody, we're equal to everybody. We deserved everything that everybody else gets -- stop selling yourself short.
You can watch the video and read Jay's full Facebook post below.
Meek's attorney Joe Tacopina told Billboard that the sentencing "was an enormously grave mischaracter of justice. A really despicable version of what the justice system is supposed to be." He also added, "We're going to appeal. We're going to appeal until this gets rectified and it will get rectified. I'm sure of that."
A Change.org petition has also been launched, urging Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to "save Meek Mill" from the "harsh [and] undeserving" sentencing. As of this post, it has over 37,000 signatures.