New Evidence: Officer Who Frisked Meek Mill Falsified Documents

By Lora Neng
April 15, 2013

Law enforcement’s common “stop and frisk” practices are an ongoing grievance of the African American community, and the basis for a lawsuit by Meek Mill filed in mid January of this year. Documents have since unearthed that he may have a strong case.

On October 31, 2013, Robert Williams (aka Meek Mill) was driving a Range Rover SUV when Philadelphia Police Officers Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas conducted a motor vehicle stop and subsequently took him into custody, publishing photos of the rapper online and holding him for nearly nine hours before releasing Meek without charges. Meek sued for being forced to miss a promotional appearance in Atlanta, Georgia; for civil rights violations, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy and civil conspiracy; and being subject to a racially-motivated stop and frisk. Evidence has since surfaced that puts Officer Boyer’s credibility at issue.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boyer’s notably high arrest rates within the department also correlates a record-breaking number of civilian complaints. In the past week, the District Attorney’s Office acknowledged that it had overlooked a confidential police investigation that Boyer falsified dozens of arrest reports which could result in retrials for many of the officer’s previous detainees. Boyer even attested to frisking “on every car stop,” while a judge questioned his understanding of the law, which only permits such action on a reasonable suspicion that a subject is armed and dangerous.

Meek Mill’s case is slated for a hearing on April 29.

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