There has been a new development in the ‘Free Meek Mill’ movement as the credibility of the officer who arrested Meek Mill in 2007 has reportedly been outed as corrupt cop.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has released a list of reportedly corrupt police officers to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Reginald Graham, the arresting officer of Meek Mill was among those accused of corruption.
There have been rumours circulating for a few weeks that officer Graham was on the DA’s “secret list” of suspect officers who shouldn’t be called on to testify in court cases because they have a history of dishonest behaviour or racial bias.
On Tuesday, that list was finally made public, and Graham’s name was included.
The list says that Graham was “investigated by federal authorities for several alleged acts of corruption” due to misconduct that took place on November 1, 2013.
This could be great new for Meek Mill and his legal battle as his lawyer Joe Tacopina released a statement that said “The release of the so-called ‘Do Not Testify’ list—which includes Mill’s arresting officer, Reginald Graham—supports everything in the motions filed by Mill and others wrongfully arrested by Officer Graham for post-conviction relief. We are hopeful that this is the final step in the process to get Mill and the other defendants released on bail and to have their convictions overturned.”
Graham’s testimony as the sole witness in Meek Mill’s 2008 trial can be proved to be less believable than already thought, if he already has a documented past of corruption.
Philadelphia Police Officer Jerold Gibson has provided a sworn affidavit to Licensed Private Investigator Cliff Goldsmith that says Graham’s testimony doesn’t reflect what actually took place that day.
Gibson says that Mill never pointed a gun at Graham or anyone else and that the officer only brought that detail up once he was in custody. Gibson also says that Mill took his gun out of his waistband to discard it, which means the officers never yelled at him to “drop the gun.” Gibson states that Graham never took cover behind a parked van and explains that Mill never tried to escape.
According to his lawyer, Joe Tacopina, Meek was not at all surprised by the news. “He’s always maintained that he never possessed any drugs and that he never pointed a gun at any police officers,” Tacopina explained.
Let’s hope that this is the development in the case that will free Meek Mill!
Post Author: Alice Roche