Meek Mill Sues Philadelphia PD for “Constitutionally Impermissible” Imprisonment

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
January 18, 2013

Spending nine hours in jail for a traffic stop should be far from routine and was deemed so offensive that Philly rapper Meek Mill decided to sue.

Robert Williams, aka Meek Mill, was driving a Range Rover SUV on October 31 last year, when Philadelphia PD Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas conducted a motor vehicle stop without cause or justification.

“Following the vehicle stop, police officers Boyer and Vargas handcuffed plaintiff at the scene, transported him in custody to the 22nd Police District, took photographs of plaintiff which the officers posted and published, or caused to be posted and published, on Instagram and other social media websites, depicting plaintiff in police custody, held plaintiff in custody against his will in a jail cell for approximately nine (9) hours, after which time plaintiff was released on November 1, 2012, at 4:30 a.m., without being charged with any criminal activity.”

The claim filed by Meek Mill continued that he had to refund his deposit for a private jet booked to fly out for a promotional appearance, and the spectacle cost him a loss of numerous endorsements for the anxiety and embarrassment. He sued for compensatory and punitive damages for civil rights violations akin to the “stop and frisks” in New York. The claim was filed Monday in the Federal Court in Philadelphia.

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