Harris supports new trial for Meek Mill

PHILADELPHIA, April 16 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today released the following statement supporting Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s call to vacate the conviction of Philadelphia rapper Robert Williams, better known as Meek Mill, and Krasner's announcement of his support for Mill to receive a new trial:   

“Meek Mill is just one of the countless Black men in our nation who are disproportionately impacted by our criminal justice system – despite the fact that they are not more likely to commit crimes. With the arresting officer’s credibility being under question, it’s time that we include this into evidence and reassess the original charge," Harris said.

“I hope that moving forward, Larry Krasner will implement policies that prevent misconduct among police officers through a stronger complaint review process. We must continue to speak up on behalf of the other ‘Robert Williamses’ who are victims of a broken justice system and who lack the capital and the resources to receive the justice they deserve. This is why the state Senate must immediately pass House Bill 1419, to provide countless Pennsylvanians with a second chance.”