Meek Mill Testifies In Civil-Rights Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Police

Meek Mill: "In neighborhoods like where I come from, four Black males in a car...we're always being asked to be searched,"

Meek Mill testified Monday (April 28) in the first day of his civil-rights lawsuit against police officials in the city of Philadelphia over what he feels was an improper arrest based on race. 

"In neighborhoods like where I come from, four Black males in a car, ... we're always being asked to be searched," Meek Mill testified. "All I was doing that night was going to work and doing what I had to do."

As reported earlier this month, Mill is suing Philadelphia over the 2012 incident in which he says he was pulled over and told that law enforcement officials smelled marijuana in his car. They searched his vehicle and handcuffed the rapper "for refusing to let cops search" his automobile, as per the publication. No drugs were found in the car. 

Mill has said the incident caused hims to miss a flight to Atlanta, Georgia. The private jet cancellation reportedly cost $22,000. Mill also says he missed a public appearance that would have paid him $39,000. Court documents have shown Mill claims he lost money when attempting to negotiate a $2 million deal with Puma. He says negative publicity from the 2012 incident caused him to settle for $650,000. 

Since the incident, Andre Boyer, lead officer in the stop, has been fired after receiving several civilian complaints. Tuesday (April 29), an internal police memo was presented, which describes Boyer as a "very aggressive narcotics officer." The memo also says Boyer's reports were consistently filled with errors. 

Mill, who says he was in fear for his career and concerned about being on probation from a 2009 drug and gun case, also says that one police officer at the station took an image of him in handcuffs the day of the arrest. Mill says this image became public through the internet and he says another officer posted an image of him at the station on Instagram. The city says Mill helped distribute the photograph that was posted online by retweeting it to his more than 1 million followers. The city also notes the rapper's debut album, Dreams and Nightmares features a pair of handcuffs. 

"Plaintiff has also repeatedly referred to his drug use and criminal history in his song lyrics," Deputy Solicitor Amanda Shoffel said in her brief. "Many of these songs appear on the same album for which he is claiming a loss in record sales ... for harm to his 'image.'"

Mill is not only suing the city of Philadelphia. The rapper's also suing several officers individually, as per the AP report. 

Mill is prepping the release of his sophomore album, Dreams Worth More Than Moneywhich is scheduled to be released this year. 

RELATED: Meek Mill Announces "Dreams Worth More Than Money"

66 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill lost his civil-rights case against city police Thursday over a 10-hour traffic stop that he called racially motivated. Mill, who trying to catch a flight to Atlanta to launch his debut album, was instead handcuffed and detained on Halloween night 2012 with his entourage: an Atlantic Records executive, an off-duty police officer and his cousin. "They ain't from where I'm from," Mill said softly of the jury after they reached their decision. "I (don't) really expect them to understand what I go through." (ABC Local) WELL THERE YOU HAVE IT GUYS, MEEK MILL WAS WITH THE POLICE, HE HAS POLICE IN HIS ENTOURAGE

  • Chaucer

    Pardon the interruption, but please listen, share, like, comment... this is Philly 4 real... http://youtu.be/NC5M_4u0ws8 http://youtu.be/WiSdTlSRBMo http://youtu.be/iLFhM6kqge0

  • Anonymous

    "Williams refused to let them search it. So, the rapper and his passengers, including an off-duty narcotics investigator from Florida and a senior vice president at the Warner Bros. record label, were placed in handcuffs and held until officers could obtain a search warrant." MEEK MILL ROLLS WITH NARCS FROM FLORIDA!!! HAHAHAH TELL ME OFFICER RICKY AINT THE POLICE NOW!

  • Anonymous

    MEEK MILL LOST THE CASE AND THEY GONNA BLAME IT ON THE JURY BEING MOSTLY WHITE

  • Anonymous

    lol @ niggaz suing a city

  • Anonymous

    A rapper taking a stand against racial profiling, you know whites gonna be mad and e-mail Fiddy to diss Meek.

  • Anonymous

    Well it looks like Meek Mill lost his case! HAHA!

  • Anonymous

    "And look where Meek is today, no buzz and suing his own city and snitching in court to get a lil money" Moderate buzz is still buzz, and he's still signed to MMG with an album on the way. Even in desperate times he's still ballin leagues above Cass.

    • Anonymous

      at least you got that hooptie to take selfies in bruthadee

    • Anonymous

      He may be filthy rich and succesful but we can still log online and express our hatred for him to make ourselves feel better about our own lack of success.

    • Anonymous

      he will always be that rapper who got bodied by an irrelevant cassidy

  • Me

    Message for the dumb ass rappers, learn your 4th amendment rights and you wouldn't have to worry about being harassed by the police and if they do illegally search you hire a lawyer and get that check..

  • Anonymous

    Cassidy slaughtering Meek on 'Raid' was far more damaging to his career than any traffic stop from the city of Philadelphia Police.

    • Anonymous

      wtf is this groupie talkin about his instagram for?

    • Anonymous

      If he was broke, he'd still be trash.

    • Anonymous

      If Meek was poor and broke white people wouldnt hate him so much but they see his Instagram and get filled with hate so you know we read these comments and be happy as fuck!

    • Anonymous

      And look where Meek is today, no buzz and suing his own city and snitching in court to get a lil money.

    • Anonymous

      ^so according to your logic Ether aint shit because Hov is 'everywhere' n Nas is barely mentioned at all???

    • Anonymous

      And look where Cass is today, label less and without the respect needed to jump start a career.

  • Anonymous

    $97/hr pavivdv by Google, I am making a good salary from home $5500-$7000/week , which is amazing, under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it's my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone, Here is I started,,, ============================ WWW.YELLWORK.COM ============================ GO TO THE NEXT TAB FOR MORE INFO,,,,.,.

  • Anonymous

    Meek Mill? AKA the nicca whose clinging to a career off a hot album intro!

  • Anonymous

    Meek Mill made a song called 2Pac Back when his boss was that nigga who would have been searching 2Pac's crack at Clinton Correctional.

  • Anonymous

    Civil Rights lawsuit? LOL This nigga thinks he's Rosa Parks!

  • Anonymous

    $97/hr pavivdv by Google, I am making a good salary from home $5500-$7000/week , which is amazing, under a year ago I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it's my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone, Here is I started,,, ============================ WWW.YELLWORK.COM ============================ GO TO THE NEXT TAB FOR MORE INFO

  • Anonymous

    cops don't take kindly to snitches. meek is going have to move to florida because they are going to ruin his life.

  • Officer tRicky

    2Pac's crack, 2Pac's crack There's all these C.O. niccas searching 2Pac's crack Rubber gloves on me, you can picture that colon With my brand new cuffs, know them wrists gone be swollen Guarding on Death Row, Hookers having my baby But I'm eating my chicken I need a new bowl of gravy They searching 2pac's crack, 2pac's crack There's all these C.O. rappers spreading 2pac's crack

  • Anonymous

    MEEK MILL RAP LIKE HES TRYING TO HAIL A TAXI CAB

  • Anonymous

    MEEK MILL RAP LIKE HE GOT WATER IN HIS EARS AFTER SWIMMIN

  • Anonymous

    MEEK MILL RAP LIKE HE GOT BURIED ALIVE

  • Anonymous

    if there were no drugs he could have just let them search and went on with his day... reminds me of when 2chainz and his boys tried to show the constitution and refuse entry to their tour bus then they all caught charges anyway

  • Anonymous

    Officer Ricky is not going to be happy about Meek suing his brothers in blue.

    • Anonymous

      Ricky hates corrupt cops though, and could use some lawsuit money right about now considering Mastermind is underperforming.

  • FREE GUCCI MANE

    Meek has no street cred left, so snitching and testifying is no big deal to a rapper signed to the biggest fraud in hip-hop history.

  • Anonymous

    I think most people from outside our community will side with the aggresive officer and think that because you rap about street life it means you can be illegaly searched and held

    • Anonymous

      They should side with Meek and his special vocabulary.

    • Anonymous

      Of course they will sidewith one of their own, we call it DWB but they just say "We pulled the BlCks over because we smelled Matijauna when they drove by". LOL I keep tellin yall these folks are not your friends and when you see one of us laid up under one they cant be trusted either.

    • Anonymous

      If they smell weed, then those cops have a right to search your shit.

  • Anonymous

    In fear for your career? Not your life or safety? How can a street/gangster rapper be in fear of his career over a traffic stop?

  • Anonymous

    officer ricky put a real nigga behind bars #free trick daddy dollaz

  • Anonymous

    i dont ever wanna hear him rapping but running his city or being the kind of philly again meek on some reverse robin hood shit. stealing from the poor so he can get richer.

  • POPE

    Sad thing is now in philly officers don't need a warrant to search your car. they can do it whenever they want.

  • Dreams worth more than nightmares

    Im an adult Black male so my opinion on this matter is diffetent from the comments you see from a white persons persoective. I hope Meek wins and that the racial profiling in Philly can be put under a microscope so we can bring an end to it. The lawsuit has extra merit due to the lead ofgicer already being guilty of misconduct and over aggression, they pulled Meek over and didnt give him a ticket for a driving infraction or find anything illegal in his possession so why stop him and detain himIin tbe first place?

    • Anonymous

      they smelled weed fool. snitches always stick up for each other though so carry on.

    • Anonymous

      "Im an adult Black male " Lemme guess, you're 40 years old and take selfies in your hooptie with long fingernails to post on IG where you're lucky to get 6 likes from your sister and your friends girl.

    • Anonymous

      its not racial profiling because meek is black and fits the profile, young black man with money who talks non stop about the streets, guns and selling drugs.

  • Anonymous

    Black males in a nice car.........

  • Anonymous

    "In neighborhoods like where I come from, four Black males in a car, ... we're always being asked to be searched," rappers are so stupid they always talking the tough talk i got all these guns on me gonna shoot you choppers in the car drugs on me etc fuck the police and wonder why they get treated different.

  • Anonymous

    dont like meek but I hope he wins this one for all of us, constantly profiled by these sweat hogs.

  • Anonymous

    i think the puma deal went sour when those crips ran into the puma offices looking for meeky?

  • Anonymous

    Philly screwed mill over.

  • Anonymous

    i thought he blamed his poor album sales on hurricane sandy? now he's blaming the police?

  • Anonymous

    I can't wait until the police crack his skull.

  • Anonymous

    this nigga a snitch just like officer tricky who took an oath to shoot an escaping inmate

  • Anonymous

    It's is crazy when the most ignorant and stereotypical blacks wanna cry racism.

  • Anonymous

    ol testifyin ass nigguh

  • Anonymous

    This nigga is broke so he gotta sue his own city and take away money from the people who really need it.

  • Anonymous

    "Many of these songs appear on the same album for which he is claiming a loss in record sales ... for harm to his 'image.'" Wait, so a gangster rapper getting arrested harmed his image and caused people to not buy his album? That sounds like an excuse for his flop.

  • Anonymous

    "Mill, who says he was in fear for his career " I would be too if I was signed to a cop.

  • Anonymous

    "In neighborhoods like where I come from, four Black males in a car, ... we're always being asked to be searched," Yo, maybe it's cause all your raps are about moving drugs and busting guns.

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