On Monday, hip hop artist Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating parole. In response, 18,000 of his fans have signed a Care2 Petition so far to disbar the judge who sentenced him — Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley.
The petition calls attention to the fact that Meek Mill’s sentence is greater than the prison time given to “five killer cops” combined: Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown; Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice; Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Eric Garner; Sean Williams, who killed John Crawford; and Michael Slager who killed Walter Scott.
Many celebrities have taken to social media to speak out against the “unjust” sentence, including hip hop mogul Jay-Z:
“The sentence handed down by the Judge – against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer – is unjust and heavy-handed,” he said in a Facebook post. “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."
For more information on the petition, click here.