Meek Mill Loses Lawsuit Against Philadelphia Police

MMG rapper responds to verdict, says he quits "everything except music."

Posted: 05/02/2014 01:38 PM EDT
Meek Mill

Bad news for Meek Mill. The MMG rapper, birth name Robert RahMeek Williams, lost his case against the cty of Philadelphia and two officers, who he claimed racially profiled him, according to Rap-Up.com.  

On Thursday (May 1) a federal jury concluded that Mill's civil rights were not violated when he and a group of four other Black men were pulled over and detained by authorities a year and a half ago.  

The 26-year-old, who testified in the trial Monday (April 28), wasn't happy with the the court outcome. "I quit," he said, leaving the room. "I quit everything…except for music."

In October 2012, Mill and a group of men including a record label executive were pulled over by Philly police on their way to catch a private jet. They were headed to Atlanta for one of Mill's gigs. 

Police say they smelled marijuana in the vehicle. A search returned no drugs, yet the men were still apprehended. Mill later sued for more than $400,000 arguing that the 10-hour ordeal damaged his image and cost him money in future endorsements, record sales, and lost wages stemming from the Atlanta appearance.

The predominately white jury of eight disagreed. In a statement to the judge the panel explained, "Although we voted unanimously that Mr. Williams's Fourth Amendment rights were not violated, we feel strongly both the plaintiff and defendant were in the wrong and made mistakes."

Mill wasn't exactly shocked at the end result. "They ain't from where I'm from," he said. "I don't really expect them to understand."

He later tweeted similar sentiments. "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," wrote the Philly native.     

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