For 30 Years
Tupac’s stepfather, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, is requesting to be released from prison following an incarceration of about 30 years. After being denied parole multiple times, the African-American activist is now suing the United States government for violating and misusing his Constitutional First Amendment rights.
Back in the spring of 2016, Dr. Mutulu’s parole was denied due to a “single positive drug test” 27 years prior to the hearing. The board also added phone violations — stemming from an interview the activist did with California State University Northridge students — to their reasoning for denying the request for release.
However, those reasons were found to be insufficient by Dr. Mutulu and his legal team. According to the lawsuit, which was filed by Benjamin L. Crump and few other attorneys, the board wasn’t being fair when they denied his request over rule violations.
“The commission has failed to adopt or apply any known standards on the meaning of frequent rule violations. A handful of old telephone rule violations over 30 years do not show Plaintiff frequently violated prison rules or is likely to re-offend If released on parole,” read the lawsuit.
The documents go on to portray Dr. Mutulu — who was sentenced to 60 years on the inside after robbing a Brinks armored truck of over one million dollars, killing three guards while doing so — as a model inmate. “Plaintiff has led a highly productive and exemplary life in prison, influencing his stepson Tupac Shakur’s career as a worldwide renowned hip hop artist with messages of non-violence that reached millions of young people,” Dr. Mutulu said in the suit.
“As established by letters in the record and Plaintiff’s statement at several parole hearings, throughout his incarceration Plaintiff has been outspoken against gang violence and crime,” he continued. “He has consistently expressed support for peaceful and constructive changes in all matters involving racial disparities and social justice. He has never in 30 years of incarceration supported or in any way implied support for criminal conduct or violence to achieve social justice.”
Mutulu was obtained by authorities February 1986, after being on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list for nearly 4 years. About 10 years later, his step son Tupac was murdered in Los Vegas.
Who killed Tupac?
Conspiracy theorists proposed that the government popped Makaveli, while others pointed fingers at Suge Knight. Some attributed the death to gang violence, as some gave Biggie the charge. Meanwhile, Keffe D knew the killer the whole time. During an interview for BET’s The Death Row Chronicles, he all but said the murderer’s name.
While running through the night of Tupac’s murder, Keffe explained that he and a group were hanging out that September night, hitting up the 662 Club before leaving the spot to “party and s**t” with alcohol.
As Keffe D (front seat passenger), Terrance Brown (the driver), DeAndre Smith (back seat driver side), and Keffe D’s nephew Orlando Anderson (back seat passenger side) were in the car, they spotted Tupac. So, Brown made a U-turn, following behind the rapper.
Soon, the group’s car was stopped at a red light right next to Tupac and Suge’s. While Keffe said that the shots did not come from the front seat of the car, when hit with a direct question, he didn’t give a straight answer.
“You said the shots came from the back,” the host said. “Big Dre, Orlando. Who shot Tupac?” With a nervous smile, Keffe answered, “Going to keep it for the code of the streets. It just came from the backseat, bro.”
Though he didn’t say the name straight out, many took this to confirm that his nephew Orlando is Tupac’s murderer.
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