Officer That Arrested Meek Mill Included On List Of "Tainted" Cops
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office compiled a secret list of police officers that allegedly had a documented history of lying, racial bias, brutality, or abuse of power. Reginald V. Graham, the cop that originally jailed Meek Mill in 2007, is said to be among the names on the list.
The DA-created Police Misconduct Review Committee apparently kept the covert record of tainted officers to block them from testifying and lying in court. Graham arrested Meek on gun and drug charges, and he took the stand against the rapper during his 2008 trial.
Page Six reports:
> Graham had asserted in court in 2008 that Meek, whose given name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, pulled out the gun, ducked behind a car and tried to shoot them. “Myself and Officer Johnson took cover behind the green van and observed Mr. Williams pull the gun out of his waistband,” Graham testified during his trial. He “was behind the car looking like he was trying to give off a shot.” He claimed they wrestled Meek to the ground and arrested him as he tried to flee. Meek also said in the 2008 trial that the cops had cuffed him outside the house but the officers then dragged him inside the house and beat him up. He said, according to the transcript, “I was getting beat by at least four cops. I was laying on my stomach, I was being kicked in my face, punched in my face.”
Meek's lawyers are now arguing his initial conviction was unjust. This comes after the attorneys have been working to appeal their client's current imprisonment for probation violation, a charge connected to the 2007 arrest.
In 2008, Judge Genece Brinkley convicted Meek on drug possession, firearms violation, and assault. Her decision was partially based on the testimony of officer Graham.
"The news of this secret list, which includes the only officer to testify under oath against Meek Mill, is troubling but not surprising because we knew all along that the information officer Graham gave in court was false," Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina told Page Six.
Last year, Brinkley sent Meek back to prison for 2-4 years after his arrest in New York City for popping wheelies on a dirt bike. The judge has been accused by Meek's team of being biased against him, and the FBI has reportedly been investigating Brinkley for "possible extortionate demand."
Meek Mill was sentenced one day before civil rights attorney Larry Krasner was elected the new Philadelphia District Attorney in November. Krasner ran on a platform of criminal justice reform, and he dismissed 31 members of the DA office during his first week in the position as a way to implement a culture change in the institution.
Graham retired from the police force last year after a 22-year career. He has yet to publicly comment on the secret list or the Meek Mill case.