In a report that shines a light on the age-old phrase "that's the feds watching," Meek Mill was arrested on Thursday night (August 17) in New York City on reckless endangerment charges after the NYPD caught the rapper and others riding dirt bikes in the Inwood section of Manhattan in a since-deleted clip on Instagram.
A 911 call was brought to police on Wednesday night about a group reported to be driving motorcycles and ATVs recklessly in the Inwood area, which community leaders have said is being swarmed with off-road vehicles. But by the time officers arrived, the group was gone.
On Thursday, following an appearance on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where he ironically performed "Young Black America," the rapper was arrested during a traffic stop at 10th Avenue and Dyckman Street. The arrest was corroborated by an Instagram video, which has since been deleted. The arrest was recorded on Instagram Live, where an officer is heard telling Mill, "I got pictures and video of you riding up and down."
Mill was charged with reckless endangerment, but due to arriving to court late to be arraigned, he was held overnight and expected to appear before a judge today (August 18).
In a statement, Meek's lawyer said he believes the rapper was targeted because of his celebrity. "That level of investigation is normally reserved for heinous crimes, not for petty offenses like doing a wheelie on the street where you're endangering no one's life but your own," he said.