Meek Mill joined his contemporaries in music by posting about the Freddie Gray protests on social media. But instead of offering his support or his opinion, he shared his own experience of police brutality. He said when he was 18 he was handcuffed so tightly by police that he still has scars today. "Permanent handcuff scars from when I was 18...," he wrote on Instagram. "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!
Meek then went on to tell the story of how, despite weighing all of 130 pounds and being covered in injuries, he was charged with assaulting police. The repercussions from the charges stick with him today, just like the scars.
Here's his story in full via Instagram:
"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!"
A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on Apr 28, 2015 at 1:56am PDT