Meek Mill Loses Civil Suit Against Philly Police
Rapper Meek Mill lost a civil rights case against the Philadelphia police department on Thursday (May 1) where he claimed that he was detained illegally for 10 hours, according to Philly.com.
“I quit,” Meek said, moments after the verdict. “I quit everything . . . except for music.”
The Maybach Music Group spitter, né Robert Williams, and his entourage were headed to Atlanta on Halloween night in 2012 when two off-duty officers stopped, handcuffed and held them in custody for over 10 hours, claiming that they smelled weed coming from their car. No drugs were found inside the vehicle and no charges were filed.
“They ain’t from where I’m from,” he said of the mostly-white jury. “I [don’t] really expect them to understand what I go through. I respect their decision, though.”
The jurors read the verdict out loud, noting, “Although we voted unanimously that Mr. Williams’ Fourth Amendment rights were not violated, we feel strongly both the plaintiff and defendant were in the wrong and made mistakes.”
The Philly native was seeking $400,000 in lost wages and emotional distress.