Meek Mill was suing the Philadelphia Police Department for more than 400,000 dollars over a traffic stop that took place back in 2012. 3 officers testified and a lawyer representing them said that the car was allegedly pulled over for dark tints and then the officers smell marijuana, which gave them probable cause. They said they asked Meek to search the vehicle and when he declined they called in the dogs and dogs detected drugs, which is why they waited for a search warrant and then searched the car. No drugs were ever found. Meek even later passed a drug test.
During the stop, Meek and his camp were detained as officers took pictures and mocked the situation by putting it up on Instagram. They held Meek over night and caused him to miss a party to launch his debut album and cost him endorsement money because of his tarnished reputation. He called the detention “racially motivated” and said he asked the officers while in the car if he was being stopped because of his race. “In neighborhoods like where I come from, four black males in a car . . . we’re always being asked to be searched,” he said. The jury came to a decision on the case yesterday and ruled against Mill. One juror said, “Although we voted unanimously that Mr. Williams’ [Meek’s] Fourth Amendment rights were not violated, we feel strongly both the plaintiff and defendant were in the wrong and made mistakes.”
There was an 8 member panel, made up of mostly white jurors. Sidebar, this is why its so important for us to sign up and show up for jury duty. When you go to court you are suppose to be judged by a jury of your peers. That’s not going to happen if we continue to find ways to skip out on jury duty. But let’s continue, it took less than 2 hours for them to come to a unanimous decision. Interesting is the fact that one of the officers who pulled him over was under investigation and was fired for another situation because he lied. After the judgment was ruled, Mill repeated over and over “I quit” and rushed out of the court room before his lawyers. He also said, “They ain’t from where I’m from…I [don’t] really expect them to understand what I go through…I respect their decision, though.” Meek tweeted, “I’m not surprised…Just let me move away from here …I just wanna get this money..And take care of my family! I sued they said I’m wrong.” It’s a shame that Meek’s civil rights were clearly violated and justice could not be served. Mill was suing for lost wages, civil rights violations, privacy invasion, false imprisonment and emotional distress.
Hope he decides to appeal. I think we all had a little hope that Meek would be on the right side of the law this time since he was wronged in this situation. A normal person would have been given a ticket for tinted windows after no drugs were found and have been allowed to go on their merry way. That didn’t happen here. Instead he was taken to jail and held for 10 hours. The car was thoroughly searched at the different vicinity (nothing was found) and he was released without being charged. Regardless of your criminal past, people should be tried correctly and treated fairly by the law. That doesn’t happen in many occasions and did not happen in this situation. Further fueling this distrust our culture has with the law.