The maddening injustices at the heart of the ongoing Meek Mill case are explored in extensive detail in a new investigative piece for Rolling Stone. Published Wednesday by Paul Solotaroff, the article also includes comments from Meek himself as he looks toward freedom.
"I won't let [my family] come," said Meek, who only lets his legal team and "a few friends" visit him in prison. "If they see me like this—fucked-up beard, hair all ganked—then it's like I'm really in here. Which I'm not."
Following Meek's widely contested sentence at the hands of Genece Brinkley, multiple reports have flooded in alleging questionable tactics by the judge. In this latest feature, Brinkley is said to have committed "acts unbefitting her office," dating back at least 15 years. A Philadelphia area attorney, speaking anonymously, called Brinkley a "sadist" with a pattern of sending young black men to jail for trivial reasons after already hitting them with excessive probations.
Meek and his manager also detailed mistreatment by parole officer Treas Underwood, who was assigned to Meek by Brinkley. According to Meek, Underwood "hated" him immediately and spoke to him like he was "some kind of rapist." Underwood allegedly followed Meek around, showed up at his home, and—as manager Phil Smith said—made unrealistic check-in requirements "every hour of our day."
Brinkley, Meek added, has also given this treatment to others. "There's brothers locked down that did nothing to be here but piss off people like Brinkley," he said. Once this ordeal is hopefully resolved, Meek plans to address these injustices directly. "I want to speak on this system and what it does to black people," he said. "On both fucking sides of the fence."
Meek is also planning to move to Atlanta, Georgia. Read the full piece, which also details multiple lawsuits involving Brinkley and Meek's experiences with police brutality, right here.