Meek Mill Arrested For Reckless Driving And Endangerment
Rapper Meek Mill landed in jail Thursday night after popping a wheelie on his dirt bike during the filming of his music video in Manhattan.
Mill, whose name is Robert Williams, was busted Thursday night after a video surfaced of him on social media breaking several New York City traffic laws. Mill, 30, was seen riding without a helmet, doing wheelies and illegally turning in Inwood on Aug. 16, according to prosecutors.
“They were shooting a rap video during this interchange, and that was part of it,” defense lawyer Joe Tacopina explained at Mill’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Mill faces one count each of misdemeanor reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
He declined to comment as he left court, other than to say it had been a “long night.”
According to Tacopina, the NYPD sent nearly two dozen police cars to arrest Mill “in one of the most outrageous fashions.” He explains that the rapper was at a charity event for the Dyckman Basketball Clinic “with a hundred kids surrounding him taking selfies”.
“They had 22 police cars there,” Tacopina griped. “I mean, I think, when John Gotti was arrested, there were about four police cars.”
Cops hit the performer with a felony reckless-endangerment charge, but the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office charged him with misdemeanors.
Tacopina complained that his client was the only one arrested “despite the fact there were eight people doing the same thing” in the video.
“This is a situation where they’re targeting a young black entertainer,” the lawyer protested.
Assistant District Attorney Eli Cohen argued for $7,500 bail given Mill’s “extensive out-of-state record in Pennsylvania,” including drug and gun convictions.
But Judge Gerianne Abrieu sided with the defense and set no bail, stating that the rapper “has not been in trouble for nine years”, and had “no warrants whatsoever throughout all these cases”.
As part of the condition of his release, the Dreams Worth More Than Money rapper must show proof of a driver improvement program on his next court date.
Meek Mill is due back Oct. 11.