Lesson of the day: If you're determined to go X-Games on the streets of New York, wear a helmet and don't post about it on Instagram.
That's what got Meek Mill in trouble with the law.
NYPD officers arrested the Philadelphia-born rapper Thursday night for reckless endangerment for popping wheelies and riding his dirt bike without a helmet through upper Manhattan.
Sophia T. Mason, a detective with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, confirmed his arrest to USA TODAY.
he incident happened Wednesday but it took the NYPD a while to identify the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams. NBC4 New York and TMZreport they were able to do so using a video on his Instagram page. The video has since been pulled down.
His lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, told The Daily News Meek was arrested because he's famous.
"It really stinks of obvious targeting an individual who is a celebrity and maybe who law enforcement don't like, and it's not what the system is supposed to be about," he said. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't have even been arrested,” the lawyer said. “You could go to 110th St. and Dyckman right now and you'll see 10 kids popping wheelies on their bikes. Nobody gets arrested."
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