According to a report in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philly District Attorney’s Office secretly compiled a list of police officers who had issues with racial bias or brutality in order to prevent them being called to testify in court. Now, Meek Mill’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, is arguing that such a list should give Meek all the reason he needs to walk away from prison, free. The Philly rapper is currently serving a two to four-year prison sentence due to violating terms of his probation.
The arresting officer in Meek’s original case, Reginald V. Graham, is one of the names listed in the DA’s rundown of untrustworthy officers. Tacopina says it throws suspicion onto Meek’s entire case. “Across the justice system, there are many instances of people that are incarcerated being subsequently let out when police corruption is uncovered,” he told Complex earlier today. “This would certainly be one of those instances. I mean, there were 800 cases that were dismissed or overturned upon discovery of this group of officers who had been committing crimes, lying about circumstances of arrests, and falsifying documents. One of the officers is the same one who not only arrested Meek but made allegations that Meek has always denied. This is the only one that testified against Meek.”
It’s not clear why Graham added to the DA’s list of suspect officers but the list, which was originally for internal use of the DA’s office only, included a guideline that forbade prosecutors from calling officers on the list to testify without clearance from higher-ups.
“He’s always maintained that he never possessed any drugs and that he never pointed a gun at any police officers,” Tacopina told Complex. “He was beaten unconscious, so he knew this was the case, so he isn’t surprised by it. Obviously, he’s disappointed that the former District Attorney hid that information knowing that the only officer that testified against Meek—and made the allegations that he did against Meek—was someone on their so-called, do-not-fly list.”