Meek Mill is official out of prison after being granted bail by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday (Apr. 24). Less than 24 hours following his release, the Philadelphia rapper appeared on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt to give his first interview since posting bail.
Meek, who was originally sentenced to serve two to four years in prison for probation violation, explained how the entire ordeal is a very important moment for minorities.
“I got a lot of responsibility, I got a lot of people depending on me,” Meek said. “Not talking about public officials, I’m talking about the men that’s…depending on me going through the same thing I’m going through.”
The Philadelphia district attorney’s office said it supported a new trial for Meek after one of the arresting officers in his case, Reginald Graham, landed on a list of officers suspected of lying in court and framing witnesses. Another former officer who took part in Meek’s arrest said Graham lied under oath during the rapper’s initial trial.
Meanwhile, Meek isn’t technically free. A hearing set by the judge in his case, Genece Brinkley, is set for June in which the initial charges could be dropped or a new trial ordered.
“No, I don’t feel free,” Mill told Holt. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19.”
Watch the video above.
To the Philly District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice. I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018