Meek Mill Discusses Racism, Civil Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Police

"I don't dislike cops," the rapper says. "I got family that's cops, friends that's cops. Why would I even take this amount of time to do all this?"

After news that Meek Mill lost a civil suit against the city of Philadelphia and its Police Department earlier this week, the rapper spoke with Complex about the case and his reaction to the decision. The suit stems from a 2012 incident in which the rapper claims he was pulled over and had his vehicle unlawfully searched. Mill alleges that the traffic stop conflicted with a private jet flight and public appearance he was set to make as well as affected his endorsement deal with Puma negatively.

“The cops just came out on top,” he said. “The cop I had a lawsuit on, he had about so many complaints about him. He got fired right after I sued them. But he didn’t get fired for me suing them. On the day of court it was like they just believed the cop. I didn’t know that cop had 80 priors when I sued them. I found that when my lawyer investigated and found that out. You know how it go in Federal Court. It’s a jury. They pick a jury. I respect the opinion of the jury but most of the people in the jury was White. They don’t really like understand. They might live on a farm, some of these people live in like suburban areas, they don’t understand the culture where I come from. All they gonna understand is, ‘He’s a cop and he’s not a cop.’ They just went with his word. I was basically like, ‘I’m making a good amount of money. Why would I even waste time on suing this cop or taking any action on this guy.’ I don’t dislike cops. I got family that’s cops, friends that’s cops. Why would I even take this amount of time to even do all this? I had to go to court from 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM everyday this week. I just don’t feel it man. That’s some old timer shit. Most of all the people that’s racist [are] 80 years old. They on their way out anyway. I see ten years from now all that shit’ll be erased in the world. That will be like the past.”

Mill’s civil suit was directed not only at the city of Philadelphia but also at specific officers in question.

“I’m just against racist shit,” he later said when asked about his reaction to the recent Donald Sterling fiasco. I’m not racist. I do shows—I say like ‘nigga’ in my raps a lot—my shows are half White, half Black. I look at the White kids in the crowd they say ‘nigga’ to the song. They not saying it in a disappointing way. I allow it at my shows because if you’re not saying it in a form of disrespect, why take it that way?”

Asked about the possibility of a so-called conscious thread in his music, Mill said he raps “about that shit all the time.”

“About being judged,” he added. “You don’t gotta be Black you could just be anybody. If a White kid move in my neighborhood in the hood where I’m from I don’t think he should be treated any different because he’s a different skin color or anything. In our hood it’s White, Black, everything. They might be into dirt bikes the way we into dirt bikes. We all ride together. We ride as one. If he fall and bust his head we gon’ sit there and wait for that guy to get up and make sure he in good shape no matter if he Black, White, Puerto Rican, anything. He’s still a human being.”

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  • Anonymous

    Meek banned from Philly.

  • Anonymous

    but u down wth officer ricky

  • Kramer

    Gained a lot of respect for him from this. Although, racism definitely won't be gone in 10 years. Humans suck. Racism from every is still hapening..from personal experience I actually see it more toward whites. But like I said, racism is still happening, too much.

    • Anonymous

      "I actually see it more toward whites" Lol right, cause white people are constantly being denied job opportunities and being sistematically disenfranchised

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, sure you do faggot. White people are always playing the victim. lol

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  • Anonymous

    I was just thinking about when his boss Officer Ricky thought Africa was a country.

  • Anonymous

    A dirty cop pulls you over and holds you for 12 hours with no charges and not even a single parking ticket and the jury doesent see it as unlawful or harassment. The Police Officer in the civil suit is notorious for his aggression and profiling but he has been able to escape any major backlash by saying that his victims were playing rap music about guns and drugs and therefore they deserved to be harassed.

    • Anonymous

      sounds to me like the cops don't have a right to search shit without probable cause.. its the point that the police shouldn't have searched his car without probable cause.. just because they have a badge doesn't mean they can do whatever they want.. people like you are the reason why crooked cops exsist.. since you don't got nothing to hide, how about you let the police in your house and let them tear everything apart, and make a mess looking for drugs..

    • Anonymous

      Sounds to me like the nigga should have just let them search his car if he didn't have anything to hide or prove! Could have made his flight and got his money.

  • Anonymous

    Seems like it was just yesterday that Robert was attending court ordered etiquette classes and now this. He's been taking a lot of losses in the court rooms, Ross needs to buy him a better lawyer.

    • Anonymous

      I don't feel sorry for these millionaires, this guy got $600,000 from Puma and had a show for $40,000 all in one weekend according to the lawsuit so he made in one weekend what some poor people will never make.

  • Anonymous

    Whites will always outnumber us on juries because they outnumber us in America, Philly is 45% Black but the jury pools are notorious for being disproportionately white in civil cases. A lot of Blak folks don't want to be on jury duty, and ant afford a day off work.

  • Anonymous

    " They might live on a farm" LMFAO. He's pulling out all the excuses now! HAHAHAHA

  • Anonymous

    Puerto Ricans and white's everywhere will be happy to know that if they ever find themselves in Philadelphia riding dirtbikes illegally through the streets and they happen to fall and hurt themselves, Meek Mill will be there to make sure you're okay because we're all still humans.

  • Anonymous

    Meek Mill rap like buried alive.

  • Nelio

    I have to sympathize with Meek Mills, its very tiring to live day to day in recognition of your skin color...I really hope one day South Africa my country will find terms to live together or at least respect each other.

  • Anonymous

    Keep ya head up Meek. And stop shouting all the time.

  • Anonymous

    "Nicca please", you made a career off of disrespecting, promoting crack and threatening Black people, now you want to cry racism and racial profiling. You can't argue an arrest is racially motivated when you make music about you and your friends ability to commit violence and deal drugs, and how you really are about that life. He aligned himself with William Robberts, who promotes cocaine distribution. I agree that he has the right to sue. We also have the right to laugh at his dumb ass for promoting crime then getting mad when the cops suspect him of crime. Make no mistake, these c00ns are getting paid to promote genocide and poison to us over the airwaves.

    • Anonymous

      guess what, im a white guy and cops always pull me over at night when im driving with 4 dudes too, get over it they are just doing their job.

    • Anonymous

      "Whites will use any type of ignorant excuse to justify their racism which is why they believe that the content of your music justifys having your rights violated." All you need is one white republican on the jury who thinks rap lyrics are biographical or criminal confessions and you will lose your case. Cops will always pull you over if you riding 4 deep with dudes, then they tell the judge they pulled you over because of rap songs, LOL, when in doubt blame Rap music.

    • Anonymous

      yeah thats ridiculous. i mean its obvious meek mill is lying in all his raps and was never about that life they have no reason to stop and search him. he was a church boy.

    • Anonymous

      Just look at the stop N frisk laws in NY and the Trayvon verdict, all these people have to do is convince a white jury that street rappers have no human rights that should be respected and that they can be violated based on the lyrics in their songs.

    • Anonymous

      When is the last time Pharrell got detained and searched?

    • Anonymous

      you ever hear about Common getting pulled over and harassed lately?

    • Anonymous

      Sick freakish brainwashed c00ns think that just because you star in a Mafia movie or make a song about raping your mother like Eminem does it means the police have a right to pull you over and detain you for 10 hours. Whites will use any type of ignorant excuse to justify their racism which is why they believe that the content of your music justifys having your rights violated.

  • Anonymous

    he was probably really high when his homies convinced him that he could sue the city for millions and it sounded like a good idea at the time lol

  • Hindsight

    Yeah man, I knew I was going to lose this case. Why would I waste my time and money doing that spending a week in court and testifying like a snitch.

  • mystic cryptic

    Meek Mill made a song called 2Pac's Back when his boss is the man that would have been searching 2pac's crack at Dannemora.

  • Anonymous

    Cops do be doing some sucker stuff and they hide behind them badges. Yall should check out thegrandreport, they have some good viral videos on there. More entertainment for you.

  • Anonymous

    love for meek mill

  • wads

    im 32 and im still a virgin

  • Anonymous

    The dirty Cop has so many complaints that they were forced to fire him but you cant win with a white jury these are the same juries that used to free Klann members with no charges.

  • Irony

    After discussing racism and being treated differently Meek Mill went over to the studio to write another rhyme about making millions selling drugs on the corner and having shooters on his payroll while he drives around in a wraith flexing with something on his wrist and neck.

  • Anonymous

    "Why would I even take this amount of time to even do all this? I had to go to court from 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM everyday this week." If he was smart he would have considered that before doing it and spending all that unnecessary money on attorneys fees.

    • Anonymous

      Quit lying bitch boy you dont have a TL, you can only monitor HHDX on your home computer.

    • Anonymous

      feeeeeeelings

    • Anonymous

      I'm going to be monitoring Meek partying in Vegas through my TL all weekend. I'm so proud of him it's like he's my son.

    • Anonymous

      "Now he's in Vegas partying with Diddy about to watch the Mayweather fight and get paid to perform at an AfterParty. He just reupped on his money and it hurts you." I am home alone in front of a PC computer and I will be here all weekend.

    • Anonymous

      groupies are sad

    • Anonymous

      Now he's in Vegas partying with Diddy about to watch the Mayweather fight and get paid to perform at an AfterParty. He just reupped on his money and it hurts you.

  • Anonymous

    Meek Mill discussing racism is like James Earl Ray discussing Afrocentric theory

  • Anonymous

    I don't dislike cops just the bad ones. Internet nerds acting all anti-police but be the first ones to call the cops when their mother gets robbed and raped. Black people have more reasons to dislike white people than dislike Cops because white people have done more damage to us as a whole than Cops ever could but if course whites argue that they are not all bad and that we shouldn't dislike them. If you hate Cops then make sure you hate white people also.

  • Anonymous

    he said he allows white kids to say nigga at his shows LOL

  • Anonymous

    "Most of all the people thats racist [are] 80 years old. They on their way out anyway. I see ten years from now all that shitll be erased in the world. That will be like the past." Meek Mill thinks racism will be erased and in the past in 10 years from now. Such an odd statement from a black guy who was just crying racism.

    • Anonymous

      the words dont make sense to me i didnt study black power in hs

    • Anonymous

      That explains miscegenation laws and the barbaric act of castration that was commonplace in this country. If the words in the original post didn't sting of truth then why would the words cause the response and reaction that they did? :)

    • Sergent Slaughter

      Ahh the genetic recessive guy is back preaching. Didn't someone say hes a middle aged fat guy who spends all day pretending he's apart of the music industry?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah Meek is naive as fuck, Racim will always be a part of this world because genetic recessive people are concerned about miscegenation and not being genetically annihilated by people with dominate genes.

  • Anonymous

    "I don't dislike cops," the rapper says. "I got family that's cops, friends that's cops. I'M SIGNED TO A RECORDLABEL FROM A COP!

  • Meek_Mills_Guilty_Conscience

    Im just against racist shit, " Its a jury. They pick a jury. I respect the opinion of the jury but most of the people in the jury was White." What the fuck are you really trying to say?

    • Anonymous

      for all we know the jury was more than half black though. why should we take meek mills word for it? for the record i'm sure a lot of black people thought his case was bs too.

    • Anonymous

      he's just trying to say that since the majority of the jury wasn't black it would be obvious they couldn't relate to his complains

    • Anonymous

      "most of the people in the jury was White." notice how he doesn't give a number? there's on 12 jurors right? it couldn't be that hard to count the whiteys.

    • Anonymous

      This Meek Mill we talking about. The same nigga who probably didn't make it past kindergarten.

  • Anonymous

    ". I was basically like, Im making a good amount of money. Why would I even waste time on suing this cop or taking any action on this guy." So he says after unsuccessfully suing the city and the cops, costing not only himself money but the city of Philadelphia.

    • Anonymous

      thanks for the compliment babe

    • Anonymous

      He stood up against racial profiling from a rogue cop but people like you can't understand racial profiling because you don't look like Meek, you look like Beiber.

  • Anonymous

    "I don't dislike cops," the rapper says. "I got family that's cops, friends that's cops" Tell us something we don't know buddy. You're signed to Officer Ricky and you had an off duty narcotics officer from Florida wih you at the time you were pulled over.

    • Anonymous

      gucci mane dont use security styles p dont use security

    • Anonymous

      50 Cent uses Ken Shamrock the most dangerous man in the world as security.

    • Anonymous

      Styles P can't afford security and Gucci Mane is mentally ill , the guy 50 Cent uses ex CIA for security.

    • Anonymous

      The one above is surprised that rappers use security detail with law enforcement backgrounds. Probably 50 Cent Stans.

    • Anonymous

      a c.o. caught feelings

    • Anonymous

      Meek is Black and from the streets so he knows the difference between a Police Officer and someone who worked briefly in Corrections but if you are Black then you most likely have family or extended family who work within the system or in the case of Beanie Sigel and Freddie Gibbs a parent working in the system. Most whites don't know this because they are not from our community.

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