Philly Rapper Says Race Led to Police Stop

Meek Mill's suit over Philly police stop argued

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Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill is asking a jury to award damages for a traffic stop and arrest that he calls racially motivated.

Closing arguments are getting underway Thursday in the performer's civil-rights case against Philadelphia police.

Mill and three others were handcuffed and detained for nearly 10 hours on Halloween night 2012.

The 26-year-old Mill, born Robert Williams, says he missed his flight for the launch of his debut album, ``Dreams & Nightmares.''

Police say they stopped the Range Rover over its tinted windows and smelled marijuana, but no drugs were found and no charges filed.

Mill was then on probation from a 2008 drug and gun case.

His lawyers say the city was reckless to keep a now-fired police officer involved in the stop on the street.

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