As our country continues to mourn and react to the news of the death of 37-year-old father Alton Sterling, the latest Black victim of police brutality who was shot to death after an altercation with police last night (July 5), members of the hip-hop community are standing in solidarity, penning messages of support, outrage and frustration.
Meek Mill, one of many recording artists speaking out about last night's tragedy, expressed his thoughts in a series of posts on Instagram, drawing from his own personal experiences with law enforcement in detail.
“I take these situations serious when I see so many of my people losing their lives and freedom to the people they say are suppose to protect us,” Mill wrote.
“I got 16 years of probation for being lied on and back and forth to jail under strict supervision has made my life a living hell dealing with the system!” the rapper continued. “Just imagine the people that don’t have a voice! Something has to happen soon… It can’t just be social media post and conversations when they continue to destroy us like this! #imreadytostandup.”
The rapper then shared his own mugshot from one of his own arrests, where his face is bandaged and his left eye is clearly swollen. He went on to talk about how the police report offered different details to be true than what had happened, such as how the report suggests the officer was injured as a result of punching Meek and not the other way around.
The rapper used his own experiences to show his outrage with police, offering how, based on his experience, it was “Black cops” that did him “dirty,” further exemplifying how the judicial system in general is desperate for reform.
“Growing up in America as a young Black kid in the ghetto is like suicide!” he added.
Read Meek’s full commentary and view his old self-described "baffling" police reports in the posts below.
Just imagine what the police report said before they knew This was recorded... What a coincidence they saying the body cams did not work, it's sad! I was found guilty of pointing a gun at the 2 strike force officers in the middle of a full blown raid.... They came at least 7 cops at one time and not a single shot fired! This was b4 cameras was available... I take these situations serious when I see so many of my people losing their lives and freedom to the people they say are suppose to protect us!i got 16 years of probation for being lied on and back and forth to jail under strict supervision has made my life a living hell dealing with the system! Just imagine the people that don't have a voice! Something has to happen soon .... It can't just be social media post and conversations when they continue to destroy us like this! #imreadytostandup
I wish somebody post the police report of what they actually accuse that man of! This is my police report they actually charged me with assault because the cop said I injured his hand! But my mugshot clearly says he injured his hand from punching me in my face .... It's hard to read but 😳open ya eyes! Also "NENA HARTH" was also arrested just for walking past during the raid and ended up doing 2 years in jail stripped of her freedom and taken away from her kids for no reason at all! A lady I never seen in my life! She did more time than me for absolutely nothing her family members might even comment on this post! They say I had a stand off with guns pointed at each other like a movie!!!! It's almost baffling reading this police report!