For hip-hop star Meek Mill, a 2008 police finding that Officer Andre Boyer repeatedly falsified official documents will bolster his case that Philadelphia does not properly train street cops, his lawyer said.
The North Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, is suing the city, Boyer, and Officer Michael Vargas, alleging that the policemen illegally detained him on Halloween and made him miss an Atlanta concert. He contends he lost the deposit on a private jet in addition to his lost earnings from the concert.
Dennis Cogan, one of the performer's lawyers, said it was always difficult in a federal civil rights lawsuit to show that the city did not act forcefully enough in stopping abuses. He said the police investigation helps to prove that.