Cop who arrested Meek Mill suspected of racial bias and abuse

Meek Mill’s legal team is launching a breakthrough bid to free the jailed rapper after it was revealed the police officer who arrested him was secretly on a DA’s list of cops suspected of framing suspects and lying in court.

It has just emerged that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office secretly compiled a list of around two dozen police officers with an alleged history of lying, racial bias, brutality or abuse of power to block them from testifying in court again. Reports said the list was compiled in 2017, but other sources say earlier versions could date back as far as the 1990s.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the list includes Officer Reginald V. Graham, who arrested Meek in 2007 on gun and drug charges and testified against him in court. Last year, Meek was jailed for up to four years for violating his probation linked to this original case, stirring an outcry against the criminal justice system.

Stars including Jay Z, Super Bowl champs the Philadelphia Eagles and Olympic snowboarder Tit Stante have campaigned for Meek’s release, with Jay saying, “For about a decade Meek’s been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for

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Hartford officer who used racial slurs during DUI arrest runs into paperwork problems in court

Robert Lanza

Robert Lanza

HARTFORD —  A Hartford officer who used racial slurs after being arrested for DUI, was arrested again after failing to appear in court Tuesday but those charges were later dropped after a court delay in paperwork appeared to cause a problem.

Robert Lanza was ordered by a judge to be re-arrested after his failure to appear. In August, Lanza was charged with driving under the influence where police said he used racial and ethnic slurs during his arrest.

His attorney said, “My office’s letter of representation and administrative request for continuance with an explanation of Officer Lanza’s absence were provided to the state in a timely fashion.  However, there was a delay in the State’s Attorney office in getting that information to the file.  The matter was resolved and the warrant was vacated administratively and Officer Lanza was given a continuance date. Matter is proceeding forward as normal.”

Town police said officers stopped the 11-year Hartford police veteran after reports of an erratic driver on state Route 72 in August. Authorities said Lanza slurred his words and smelled

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