Mutulu Claims His First Amendment Right
The step father of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, Dr Mutulu Shakur, has filed a lawsuit against the United States government, claiming his First Amendment rights are being used against him to prevent his release from prison.
Mutulu Shakur has been in prison for 31 years. In 187 he was sentenced to 60 years in prioson after being convicted of a robbery and killing. Mulutu SHakur was also convicted for helping Assata Shakur to escape from prison in 1973. Assata Shakur is still believed to be in political asylum in Cuba.
The lawsuit states, “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.”
There has been several denial of releases that have been based on several faulty considerations. One of those denials for example the Parole Commission stated that Mutulu has referred himself as a “political prisoner” and this show he is likely to commit violent crimes if released on parole. Mutulu Shakur in returned responded by stating that the crimes of which he was convicted were “politically motivated,” not motivated by greed or revenge.
Mutulu, who was born in Baltimore in 1950, is a former member of the Black Liberation Army and was once on the FBI’s most wanted list, was sentenced to 60 years in prison in 1987. This was after being convicted robbing a Brinks armored vehicle of just short of $2 million and killing three security guards in the robbery. He was also accused of operating a criminal enterprise and the authorities have reason to believe he has participated in 12 robberies between 1976 and 1981.
Mutulu acted as a stepfather to the young Tupac and married his mom Afeni in 1975 and had a daughter with her named Sekyiwa. He supported Tupac as his son even after his relationship with Afeni ended. Later on in their relationship Mutulu helped Tupac with his T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E concept, a code for thugs and regulation of the streets. Mutulu is also the father of Mopreme Shakur, who would later be in the group Thug Life.
Mutulu Shakur was featured on QD3’s 2002 documentary about Tupac called ‘Thug Angel’ in which he shared his memories of Tupac. “I can recall when we would sit in meetings and say to me “you don’t like him, do you ‘Tulu”? and I added I don’t like him either. He was obviously a supreme listener and one who would dissect every topic and come to his own conclusion and opinion. He was not just at meetings. I don’t know if you know about the early movement days anywhere in the civil rights movement, the black liberation movement, church movement, or whatever, meetings dominated your life,” says Mutulu as he reflects on Tupac.
“Meetings, meetings, meetings, and more meetings and Pac would be present at all of them. He would listen intently and sometimes he would fall asleep and when he would awake I’d ask, “are you ready to leave”? And he’d always say, “No, I want to stay”. Years ago, we used to do concerts for political prisoners in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and all around the country, and Pac would always be on the stage, talking and meeting everyone and everyone liked to talk to Tupac, because his eyes always indicated that he wanted to hear what you had to say. His attentiveness as a young child, was extremely powerful. He would just sit there and they just loved to talk to him, At an early age, he was of the people,” Mutulu talking about his stepson, Tupac Shakur.