After Meek Mill was arrested for violating his probation earlier this year, his case has been a talking point regarding the broken justice system in the U.S. In a new interview with PageSix, Meek discussed the original charges in 2008 which his probation stems from. According to the rapper, his arrest ten years ago was itself unjust, and the result framing by corrupt police ficers. Meek has argued that he did not pull a gun on ficers, nor did he sell crack to an informant, as the police claimed at the time.
“In the middle a full-blown raid, do you believe that I could point a gun at two ficers, when there’s 10 other ficers in attendance with firearms in the air?," he said. “Do you believe in America that I could point a gun at two ficers and not be killed or at least shot at? They are trained…to shoot into the target and neutralize, that’s why you are seeing young black men who are shot 20 times, 15 times, for reaching for their cellphone in their pocket or running from police."
Meek goes on to say that the police never provided evidence the drug handf he was alleged to have had with an informant. The arresting ficer, Reggie Graham, was placed on a "tainted" list four months after he left the force. An ficer who worked with Graham stated in a sworn affidavit signed in February that Graham had "fabricated search warrants, stole property while on those searches, and] beat people." The affidavit also states that Graham bragged: “I arrested that rapper boy Meek Mill and whooped his ass.” An ficer who was present for Meek's arrest also stated that he “never saw Meek] lift his gun and point it,” and that Graham had fabricated the story. According to Meek, he was handcuffed and beaten by cops in a nearby house.
As we've seen in previous reports, the judge in Meek's case, Judge Genece Brinkley, has also been accused corruption. "I am a political prisoner," says Meek. "Yes, I’m frustrated there’s no way in a million years I could get a fair trial in front this judge…Yeah, I am angry, but I am a prisoner politics – me being in this situation, has brought light to the people who are serving time because other corrupt cops.”
“Once ficers are corrupted, they say it is fruit from a poisonous tree, anything that he ever did is poisonous, and the cases are supposed to be retried or thrown out," he continued. "I did not point a gun at police…and they arrested me outside, they handcuffed me, they took me into the house and they beat me up…and when I came out my face was bloody, I had abrasions to my face…my hair pulled out my head. The way the cops treated me, they were the thugs, they beat me, they lied about it, and they sent me to jail.”
Last month, Meek's lawyer, Joe Tacopina, was optimistic following his discovery that Meek's arresting ficer had been outed as corrupt. While the development bodes well for the case, Meek will not be released on bail this month, contrary to reports.