There are seemingly weekly examples of the physical injuries, up to and including death, and emotional distress that can result from an encounter with the police that goes wrong.
There is, however, less attention paid to the long-term effects on the lives of both criminals and the law-abiding following such encounters. With the protests in Baltimore in response to the still unexplained death of Freddie Gray while in police custody garnering the attention of the media and concerned citizens alike, many people are using social media to share their own stories, including big names in music.
Meek Mill’s legal troubles are no news to fans of the Philadelphia rapper, but Meek took to Instagram to share how far back the story goes, and how, according to him, the actions of two brutal police officers set events into motion that left physical scars and led to his most recent incarceration.
Including photos of a still visible scar on his wrist he says are from being handcuffed during his arrest 10 years ago, and a mugshot featuring the MMG emcee with two swollen eyes after an apparent beating he says came at the hands of the arresting officers, Meek shares his story of police brutality that began with him as a teenager and continues to this day as a 28-year-old man on probabation:
Lips swollen …. Stitches in both swollen eyes! One of my braids ripped out! I weighed about 130 at the time And I was found guilty of assaulting cops! It's clear 2 see I was punched and stomped by a few cops! If I wasn't blessed the way I am I still would have hatred in my heart towards cops but I forgave bcuz I know all cops ain't the same! 2 "black cops" got on the stand and lied and cried about how I chased them down with a gun and tried to kill them! I caught that case at 18 and was stripped of my freedom and taken away from my family 4 times for the same case and still on probation.. 1 step away from jail if I make one mistake! I can't blame my judge because the law labels cops as "expert witnesses" and it was cops against a black kid and she's suppose to believe a cops testimony first!! I never got a chance to speak to my judge about this from young man to woman and I hope she sees this to help other young men that won't b able to make it thru what I made it thru! After I caught the case I had no choice to hustle in the streets to get a good lawyer aka a good liar to help me get my freedom!
Meek’s story is, unfortunately, not an unfamiliar one. It’s a tale that will continue to play out again and again until systemic changes are made and long silenced voices are heard.