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The local rapper known as Meek Mill repeated two words over and over Thursday after losing his civil rights lawsuit against two city police officers he accused of detaining him illegally two years ago.

“I quit,” Robert Williams said, bolting from the courtroom moments after a federal jury delivered its verdict. “I quit everything . . . except for music.”

The 26-year-old North Philadelphia native made a hasty exit from the federal courthouse, leaving his attorneys behind.

“They ain’t from where I’m from,” Williams said of the jurors in a brief elevator interview. “I don’t really expect them to understand.”

Earlier, Williams’ attorney, Dennis Cogan, had asked the panel to award his client more than $400,000 over a 10-hour detention on Oct. 31, 2012.
The delay and Williams’ subsequent detainment, Cogan said, caused the rapper to miss his flight to an important party to launch his debut album, cost him potential endorsement money, and tarnished his reputation among his fans.

“I’m not saying, feel sorry for his financial situation,” Cogan said. “But the law is the law.”

But the eight-member panel, made up mostly of white jurors, – took less than two hours to reject those claims, finding that police had not violated Williams’ civil rights.

“Although we voted unanimously that Mr. Williams’ Fourth Amendment rights were not violated, we feel strongly both the plaintiff and defendant were in the wrong and made mistakes,” the panel wrote to the judge. Outside court, jurors declined to comment on what they meant by that.

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