In the days since 25-year-old Baltimore resident Freddie Gray died from a fatal injury while in police custody, peaceful protests over his death have turned into riots and outrage in the community. While local leaders have condemned the riots, and continue to support orderly demonstrations, Meek Mill seized the moment to address the young people and their frustrations with police.
Meek, who recently served a few months in jail for probation violation, shared some unpleasant experiences he had with cops when he was younger. The Philadelphia rapper was careful with his choice of words on Instagram, however. In a city where a state of emergency has been declared, he made sure to note that all cops aren't the same and added that he's had to let go of some of the resentment.
In the photo above, Meek showed off the scars he sustained from being roughly cuffed as a teenager, writing, "Permanent handcuff scars from when I was 18 ... Can you imagine cuffs stopping Ya blood circulation and Ya blood dripping on the handcuffs I thought it was somebody pretending to b cops tryna kidnap me!"
In another photo, his face is covered with Band Aids, and it's easy to see that portions of his face were also swollen.
"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!" he wrote.
"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!"
Although Meek is sharing details of unpleasant run-ins that he's had with police officers, he certainly seems to be sending the message that holding onto hatred and retaliating in a violent manner only does more harm than good.