After being arrested for riding a dirt bike in New York City Thursday night, Meek Mill’s potential felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors. Prosecutors decided against pressing charges after Meek was arrested and detained overnight. His lawyer, Joe Tacopina said that he’s never seen anything like what happened to Meek.
Tacopina was quoted saying:
“In my 26 years in this system, both as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, I’ve really never seen a case like this,” Tacopina states. “I really haven’t. You know, you have a situation where a guy literally popped a wheelie for 10 seconds on the street with no one else around, and the police were there. That’s very important. The police were there and saw it that night, and they didn’t arrest him. They didn’t charge him with reckless endangerment. They didn’t even give him a traffic ticket.”
On top of that, they only arrested Meek even though several members of his crew were doing the same. Tacopina added “What’s very telling about the police department’s intent here and how they viewed this is that they had 22 police cars to arrest Meek Mill on a traffic violation,” he explains. “I mean, I think when John Gotti was arrested, there were about four police cars. It just goes to tell you what’s in their state of mind. I mean, it was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.”