Meek Mill Questions Police’s Credibility, Files An Appeal For Release
Meek Mill, the Philadelphia rapper riddled with lawsuits and currently sits in jail, is seeking his release due to a police officer’s allegedly false testimony.
The legal team for Meek Mill — who’s real name is Robert Michael — is requesting that the Maybach Music MC be released from jail on bond due to an allegedly false testimony by a Philadelphia police officer in his 2008 trial. For those not keeping up with the news, Meek was arrested in 2007 on drug dealing and gun possession charges.
He was sentenced to 11-23 months in jail.
Since then, he has had numerous parole violations, the most recent of which landed him in state prison for 2-4 years. Protests, strong showings of support and more have gone on while his attorneys have sought to appeal the ruling. The petition filed cites sworn affidavits by two former Philadelphia police officers issued to a licensed private investigator earlier this month.
In one, Jerold Gibson stated he was present at Meek’s 2007 arrest and contradicted several material facts from the testimony delivered at trial. According to Gibson, Meek never pointed a gun at anyone and the claim was only made once he was in custody. Gibson said that Meek took his gun out of his waistband and discarded it, officers did not need to yell for him to “drop the gun”.
In another, Jeffrey Walker’s affidavit largely corroborates Gibson’s statements based on experience working in the narcotics field unit from 2003 to 2005 and then again in 2012. According to Walker, among numerous other misdeeds, Gibson frequently misused confidential informants, fabricated the alleged probable cause for search warrants and lied about the justification for warrantless searches.
With this newly discovered evidence brought forth by Meek Mill’s legal team, his attorneys are seeking the rapper’s release on bond and a new trial, if the charges are not voluntarily withdrawn or dismissed.