Mutulu Shakur, Tupac Shakur‘s stepfather, is suing the United States government after claiming his Constitutional First Amendment rights are being used against him to prevent his release from prison.
“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,” Shakur said in his federal lawsuit according to the Source. “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.”
“The commission has failed to adopt or apply any known standards on the meaning of frequent rule violations,” the lawsuit continued. “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.”
Shakur went up for a parole hearing two years ago but was denied because of a failed drug test that was conducted almost 30 years prior to the parole hearing.
Mutulu was sentenced to 60 years in prison back in 1987 after being convicted of robbing a Brinks truck of almost $2 million, and killing three security guards from the company. He was also convicted for aiding and abetting the escape of Assata Shakur from a New Jersey State Prison, after she was sentenced to life for the murder of a NJ State Trooper in 1973. Assata is currently in political asylum in Cuba, although Donald Trump requested that the country turn her over to the U.S. last year.
via the Source