Dayjia ‘Meatball’ Influencer Sentenced for Participating in Looting in Philly

An influential person in Philadelphia has been sentenced for influencing criminals! In September, local prosecutors pressed charges Dayjia ‘Meatball’ Blackwell with criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, riot and disorderly conduct, each NBC Philadelphia.

That came after police arrested her amid rioting and looting in the city on September 26. Now, nearly nine months later, her legal fate has been decided.

This is why Dayjia ‘Meatball’ Blackwell caught a case

The cast of ‘Baddies Caribbean’ participated and live-streamed the criminal activities. A viral clip shows her repeatedly saying: “Everyone must eat,” when a mob broke into a local business in the back.

Ultimately, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office charged her, claiming she had incited multiple instances of property destruction, theft, and burglary. Prosecutors cited at least seven locations across the city affected by Blackwell’s alleged influence.

“Blackwell allegedly used her social media platforms to encourage people to engage in criminal activities at those locations and she herself allegedly participated,” the DA’s office said. into those criminal activities”.

At the time, even the city’s mayor, Jim Kenney, blamed Dayjia for the lootings. “[She was] live-streamed the whole thing, attracted 12,000 followers and created, essentially, incited a riot,” Kenney said.

What’s next for meatballs?

For context, the rioting and looting occurred amid peaceful protests against the results of a police shooting. At that time, a judge was fired all charges against Philadelphia officer Mark Dial. He is on trial for the death of 27-year-old Eddie Irizarry during a traffic stop.

Dial shot Eddie five times at close range seconds after walking up to his rolled up car window and then claimed self-defense. Prosecutors reinstated the charges in October, according to NBC.

As for Dayjia Blackwell, she avoided prison after pleading guilty. Instead, Meatball will be placed on probation for the next five years. In addition, she must pay a fine of $10,000 and serve 150 hours of community service.

Swipe below to see a summary of the incident, including what Meatball said after her arrest and clips of her posts during the September 26 incident.

Following news of her sentencing, Meatball posted a statement on Instagram. She admitted feeling “relieved to move on” after the incident.

“I had a lot of time to reflect on how I used my platform that night. Honestly, I don’t think I’m hurting anyone and I never meant to force people out. But now I realize that what people saw on my live videos actually motivated more people to come watch, even if they just came to watch and laugh as hard as I did,” she wrote.

Additionally, the ‘Baddies’ star said she hopes her “Experience plays a less valuable role for other influencers to use their platform forever.”

“Having influence comes with a lot of responsibility,” Meatball added.

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