Meek Mill was 19 years – old when he was wrongfully arrested for gun and drug charges in Philadelphia.
At his trial, Meek testified in his own defense and maintained his innocence on all but one of the charges. Meek’s arresting officer, who has since been discredited, was the lone witness in the case.
Meek was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 11-23 months in prison with eight years of probation, which has been unreasonably extended through 2023.
Significant irregularities exist regarding Meek’s initial arrest, including newly- discovered evidence indicating that the arresting officer lied on the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant, and at trial.
Several years after the trial, the arresting officer was investigated by federal authorities for corrupt behavior in several cases, including falsifying evidence, physical assault, perjury and theft. The arresting officer took and failed an FBI polygraph test in 2014.
In 2017, following an internal affairs hearing, the Philadelphia Police Department found the officer guilty of Conduct Unbecoming for engaging in criminal conduct and lying during an investigation and unanimously called for his dismissal from the force. He then resigned in disgrace