The family of a convicted felon whose mugshot garnered lots of unexpected attention after being posted on a California police department’s Facebook page is not thrilled about how “fine” the world thinks he is.
Jeremy Meeks’ friends and family were “very upset” about the attention he’s been getting over his infamous mugshot.
At his arraignment, Meeks friends and family were not amused by the social media attention. “It’s ridiculous,” said friend Rajanique Davis. “People are making jokes when this is not funny at all.”
Meeks is married with two young sons. His wife didn’t attend his arraignment.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t see her at all in the cameras, because she’s upset,” said friend Simone Johnson.
“She’s furious. Her man is in there and people are taking it as a joke, thinking it’s funny talking about his looks, saying all kinds of crazy things.”
Friday afternoon, Meeks was arraigned on eleven felony counts related to gun possession, gang membership and violating the terms of his probation.
Good looks may have granted Meeks fame and sympathy on social media, a GoFundMe campaign was started to raise funds for his freedom, but they mean nothing in the eyes of the law.
Meeks’ bond was raised to $1 million.
Meeks is due back in court on June 27. Black men in prison is never a laughing matter. Hopefully we can incite change so more men do not end up behind bars.
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