PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Hip-hop recording artist Meek Mill spoke to a public audience via iPhone speaker for the first time in months since he’s been incarcerated on probation violations – at the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania.
A gathering attended by Reverend Al Sharpton, Meek’s mom Kathy Williams and his attorney Joe Tacopina was held to openly discuss Meek’s case, as well as criminal justice reform in the Philadelphia judicial system.
Those seated in the audience included, students from the college, Meek’s family and friends, as well as co-owner of the Philadelphia Eagles Michael G. Rubin and players from the world champion team.
The South Philadelphia native, who goes by the real name Robert Williams, called in halfway through the town hall and expressed sentiments of gratitude.
“I wanted to say I appreciate all the love and support from the people,” Meek said through his manager Phil’s iPhone speaker. “I think it was time Pennsylvania had some type of light shined on the system… I’ve on probation since I was 18 years old and I ain’t commit a crime since I was 18 years old.”
“I feel like I’m the example that shined the light on injustice,” he added. “It’s been dark out here when it comes to the criminal justice system.”