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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Can Suge Knight Get a Fair Trial

by Michael Douglas Carlin

Suge Knight was targeted in 1996 at the shooting of Tupac Shakur (Knight was also in the car) and he has been targeted ever since. 1Oak’s video surveillance reveals that the shooters who shot Suge Knight on August 24th, 2014 specifically were looking to kill Suge Knight. According to Keith Middlebrook, a witness of the shooting, the shooters yelled, “You killed Tupac,” as they shot Suge Knight. Suge Knight had every reason to fear his life was in jeopardy… but why?

Both the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls have been blamed on Suge Knight. His reputation was based upon rumors that Suge allowed to grow over time that he was a thug that kills some people and intimidates others. Suge obtained legendary status in the music industry – an industry known for corruption.

Suge Knight accomplished something no one else ever could building a record label from scratch with Bloods and Crips coexisting. How long could he keep the peace? His overblown reputation was one of the keys to him being able to keep the peace. The artists were all gangsters creating gangster rap and Suge Knight kept them all working in spite of deep rooted differences. Suge Knight occasionally pistol whipped someone that got out of line and he ruled with an iron fist. He had no choice but the results speak for themselves.

Suge drove sales into the hundreds of millions of dollars and built a record label that was worth over $500,000,000. The Chronic, Doggystyle, Dogg Food, All Eyez on Me, The Don Killuminati, Death Row Greatest Hits, Above the Rim, Murder Was the Case, Gridlock’d, and Gang Related were all albums released by Suge Knight’s Death Row Records. Those albums took lots of studio time, engineering, marketing, and promotion. Everybody assumes incorrectly that all of Death Row Records was partying and drama but there was a tremendous amount of work that made Death Row such a valuable label. Suge Knight knew the game and he drove Gangster Rap to a new level. But only his reputation, much of which was overblown, painted him as a thug executive. To get an idea how Suge Knight’s reputation grew with stories that are larger than life we go back to the beginning.

Suge Knight represented rapper Chocolate that wrote songs for Vanilla Ice. The story goes that Suge Knight dangled Vanilla Ice off a hotel balcony to get him to pay up. The real story is that Suge may have intimidated Vanilla Ice but that attorneys, contracts, and payments were made to settle the dispute. Did Suge take Vanilla Ice out on to the balcony to negotiate? Probably. He, no doubt, made reference to the height and Vanilla Ice felt threatened. As the story began to grow, Suge Knight did little to quash it. By the time the story was recorded in rap history it was that Suge dangled Vanilla Ice over the balcony, 15 floors up, with change falling out of Vanilla Ice's pockets at the Belage Hotel in West Hollywood.

The story of Suge intimidating Eazy-E into signing away artists Michel’le, Dr. Dre, and The D.O.C. included Suge approaching Eazy with thugs and baseball bats. One story was that Jerry Heller was held hostage. Here again there were contracts and Ruthless Records actually took 15% off the top of the revenue from Death Row Records and Suge Knight obtained rights to the name NWA as part of that settlement.

The story of the exit of Dr. Dre included Dre being shot in the leg and thugs stealing his masters. The hype was way overblown but the rumors were galvanized into the minds of fans. The reality was that contracts were drafted and a settlement was made. Jimmy Iovine had encouraged Dre to leave Death Row Records and since he was the distributor for Death Row he had the power to keep things relatively calm. In fact, as part of that settlement, Dre was signed to a lifetime management contract with Suge Knight as his manager.

Russell Poole was among the first but certainly the loudest to proclaim that Suge Knight was responsible for the murders of Tupac and Biggie. His source for this information was a 1998 leaked Los Angeles Sheriff’s report that Snoop had been rescued by Sheriff’s from an attack by Bloods and that he said Suge Knight was behind Tupac Shakur’s death. The details of this are available in Chaos Merchants, the book Russell Poole and I were working on at the time of Poole’s Death. Poole was adamant that every single fact be footnoted for the investigators and Chaos Merchants has links to sources.

The picture that began to emerge for Poole, in writing Chaos Merchants, was that Suge Knight had nothing to do with Tupac’s death. Poole had assumed that since Suge Knight was the sole shareholder of Death Row Records and the evidence led to Death Row Records as the responsible party for Tupac’s murder Suge was somehow responsible; Poole failed to separate Death Row Records from Suge Knight. During the Biggie Smalls investigation listening devices were placed in Suge’s cell and his cell was tossed regularly but, according to Poole, nothing was ever found. Additionally, since Suge was in LA County Jail at the time of Biggie's death it would be very hard to prove that Suge had anything to do with it in spite of the implications that Death Row Records affiliates were involved. Remember that Suge no longer was running Death Row Records at the time. Once Russell realized that Suge was a victim the night Tupac was shot, Poole felt bad about his years of being vocal that Suge was behind the murders. Poole, Carlin, and RJ Bond wrote Tupac:187 about the murders. Once that book was released additional clues poured in from fans about the murders. Those clues along with salient details from re-examining the case files Russell took with him from the LAPD led to the condensed version of events that became Chaos Merchants.

The DEA, FBI, and LAPD, spent millions of dollars and tens of thousands of man hours investigating Death Row Records with no indictments or convictions. The truth was that insiders at Death Row Records were behind the murder of Tupac Shakur and attempted murder of Suge Knight. Those insiders were responsible for derailing investigations into crimes associated with Death Row Records. The planning was done by David Kenner, a criminal defense attorney and Reggie Wright Jr., a Justice Administration graduate and former Compton Police Officer. They hired off-duty police to be present when crimes were committed and those investigations were derailed because solving the crimes would lead to damaging the careers of officers. Those implicated in the Rampart Scandal were involved in Death Row Records particularly Rafael Perez, David Mack, and Kevin Gaines. But Kevin Gaines and Suge Knight were not friends. Gaines was dating Sharitha, Suge Knight's estranged wife. That tends to indicate that Suge was not in the loop on the extracurricular activities of the Rampart cops. In spite of that, the crimes of Rampart all trace back through the halls of Death Row Records including the Tupac and Biggie murders. The beating at the El Rey Theater was cleared when Compton Police called over to the investigator and said this was nothing more than a gang thing and weighing the careers of police officers that would suffer from their conflicts of being present when a murder was committed caused the investigator to clear the case without any convictions or even charging anyone with the crime.

Suge liked having the off-duty cops around but he was also wary of them… for good reason. The Rampart corrupt cops along with the corrupt Compton Police were all working for Death Row Records. They along with Reggie Wright Jr., David Kenner, and Crips were involved in toppling Suge Knight. When they failed to kill him in Las Vegas they worked hard to get his probation violated.

Right after the Tupac murder, Suge Knight was discovered living in the Malibu home of the Longo family that exposed a conflict of interest with, Deputy District Attorney, Larry Longo. It was also learned that David Kenner, a friend of Larry Longo had orchestrated the signing of a contract with Gina Longo to elevate the conflict of interest. When this was exposed, Larry Longo lost his job and Suge Knight’s probation was violated but his reputation surged as a person that could bribe a D.A.. That was not a reputation that would serve Suge well in any of his criminal or civil trials... something Kenner would know. On October 22, 1996 Suge was arrested. Longo would be cleared of any wrongdoing because Kenner had rented the home from Longo’s son Frank. Kenner also negotiated Gina’s contract with Frank and Gina, a trained singer, laid down six tracks at CanAm Studios.

With David Kenner in charge of Suge’s probation case and Compton Police complicit in entering evidence against Suge into the court, and in light of his reputation of compromising an Assistant District Attorney, Suge Knight never had a chance at a fair trial. David Kenner entered into evidence the tape of the Orlando Anderson scuffle to put Suge behind bars. By California law Suge Knight could not operate a business so he needed to turn over the operations to others. For the probation violation hearing, Frank Alexander’s statement to Brent Becker was altered and entered into evidence by the Compton Police. Their motive to put Suge Knight behind bars was the theft of millions of dollars from Suge Knight’s Death Row Records. Suge put Reggie Wright Jr. in charge and Reggie and David Kenner looted the record label while Suge was in prison. Is it any surprise that the protective order limiting contact with Suge Knight to only his attorney, David Kenner, was entered in his current murder case by David Kenner after Kenner was fired by Suge Knight? Why do they fear what Suge will say? They know what Suge Knight knows.

The murders in the immediate aftermath of the Tupac murder were to take out witnesses. The murders at the time Suge Knight was going to be released from prison included Suge Knight’s inner circle. They wanted to make sure Suge would not have protection once he was released. Suge was one of the only people that knew the truth about what had happened at Death Row Records. He was a liability and loose end. His life is still constantly in danger especially in control of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs with their many existing ties to the former Compton Police Department that were instrumental in sending Suge Knight to prison.

While Suge Knight was in prison for the probation violation the Compton Police had been found to be corrupt. A gun, booked into evidence by the Compton Police, found its way into Death Row Records being run by the son of Compton Gang Lead, Reggie Wright. That gun was used to shoot Long Beach Police Officer, Brian Watt. In the civil suit both Reggie Wright Sr. and Jr. were deposed. The City of Compton reached an out of court settlement but the damage was done. There was an internal investigation into the Compton Police Department and it uncovered lots of missing cocaine and weapons. The result was that the Compton Police, who should have been disbanded, were absorbed into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. The corrupt officers were sworn in as Sheriff’s.

When Suge got out of prison he was handed back a mere shell of a company. There were lots of lawsuits and complications that led him into bankruptcy. Mired in the legal system Suge Knight failed to regain the stature he once held. But the threats to Suge Knight continued.

What has never been disclosed before is that when I interviewed Long Beach Police Chief, Jim McDonnell for the article, “Taking the Blinders Off of Justice” I disclosed to him the existence of the confession letter and told him what I was working on. He campaigned and became the Sheriff after that meeting. I set up the meeting for Russell Poole with the Sheriff's through Sheriff Jim McDonnell. He was the first law enforcement representative to learn of the confession letter in March of 2014. In June of 2014, RJ Bond and Russell Poole visited with four members of the Los Angeles Police Department and provided them with the clue to the murder of Tupac Shakur and attempted murder of Suge Knight in 1996. In 1998, a confession letter had been given to respected journalist Chris Blatchford and that detailed the plot against Suge Knight. Russell hoped that, with the element of surprise on the side of LAPD, the shooters could be brought in for questioning. He mapped out for LAPD how he thought they should proceed. A copy of the letter was given to them but RJ was smart and he put a special border on the letter. On August 18th the letter was leaked on the Internet and the leaked letter contained the special border. LAPD was caught cold leaking the letter. LAPD had chosen to leak the letter instead of investigating it. Suge Knight may have a cause of action against LAPD for failing to investigate a crime perpetrated against him.

Six days after the leak of the confession letter, Suge Knight was lured down to the 1Oak Nightclub in West Hollywood. Russell would later learn that an off-duty Sheriff let the shooters in the club and drove them to the airport the next day. Why West Hollywood? Because the Sheriff’s would respond there and the response could be managed by remnants of the former Compton Police Department that still had deep ties into the Sheriff’s. On August 24th, Suge Knight was shot six times but survived the attack. Remember, this shooting occurred just six days after the Tupac confession letter was leaked by LAPD and the shooters yelled at Knight as they shot, “You killed Tupac!” The off-duty Sheriff has ties to the music industry. To this day, in spite of 37 cameras in the club, nobody has been charged with the crime. Most of the eyewitnesses were turned out of the club that night instead of getting their contact information for later follow-up - which is a deviation of standard procedure in any investigation.

Why was Suge going to Tam’s? Apparently Suge Knight was owed money from the Apple Beats Deal. Suge Knight signed a lifetime deal to manage Dr. Dre. He may have had a legitimate claim to some of the Beats money. Court never seemed to work out for Suge Knight. Perhaps he was sending word to Dre to work things out with him.

To further complicate things, Suge Knight also had a legitimate claim to monies from the budget of Straight Outta Compton. He was owed money for use of his likeness and he also had acquired the rights to the name “NWA” that was used in the movie. He had three solid claims of money he was owed. Having just been shot six times at 1Oak he was on edge coming to Compton that was known for danger and violence. Terry Carter, a well respected member of the community and brother of one of the original 16 founders of the Piru’s had invited Suge Knight down to Compton to work out a deal with Dr. Dre. According to former Mayor of Compton, Omar Bradley, Suge Knight was guaranteed safety for his meeting. Terry Carter’s word was a pass that should have been honored by everybody in Compton. Suge Knight was brought down to Compton by Terry Carter to broker peace. The video only shows us four men approaching Knight. We can’t see what is behind him but a witness placed Jimmy Chrys with a gun and other men with automatic weapons behind Suge Knight's truck. After Suge Knight runs over Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan there is a gun picked up off of Bone’s body before he is moved and the gun is put into the waistband of one of the men. Only a gun gets put into a waistband. Cle Bone says he was punching Suge Knight so Knight was admittedly attacked. If the gun was in one of Cle Bone’s hands Suge could have been facing potential bullets inside his truck. Suge backs up. With armed men behind him it gives Suge Knight every reason to pull forward to escape certain death. This incident happened only five months after Suge Knight was shot six times. He may have been understandably jumpy.

Can Suge get a fair trial? He hasn't been treated fairly so far. He has been prosecuted, not on the merits of this case, but on the larger than life rumors of what he is alleged to have done... None of which has ever been proven in a court of law.  

Suge Knight’s current legal case was one of the reasons Russell Poole was coming down to the Sheriff’s station. Russell believed it was a conflict of interest having Richard Biddle handling both crime scenes because in one case you have Suge Knight as a victim and nobody is brought to justice and the other case Knight is initially a victim and becomes the suspect of Terry Carter’s murder. There is a clear pattern here. In June of 2014, the LAPD failed to prosecute or investigate the attempted murder of Suge Knight that according to the confession letter began as a conspiracy in Balboa Park in September of 1996. Sheriff’s fail to prosecute the shooters that attempted to kill Suge Knight at 1Oak on August 24th 2014. Could it also be that Suge Knight was lured to Tam’s in Compton because the perpetrators knew that Sheriff’s would respond to that location too? Why is Suge only ambushed in place where Sheriff’s respond? Remember also that the rumor that Suge Knight was behind the murder of Tupac was leaked by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s. Compton Police that worked hard to get Suge’s probation violated still maintain very strong ties into the Sheriff’s.

Could it be that the bail is originally set at 25 million dollars and the protective order put in place to stop Suge Knight from talking about the police corruption that led to Compton Police, the LAPD, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s? Somebody doesn’t want Suge Knight talking and they hope to banish him the nethermost parts of the prison system for the rest of his life.

Russell Poole was meeting with the Sheriff’s hoping to get them to drop the case against Suge Knight that was going to embarrass the department so that they could reopen the murders of Tupac and Biggie and solve cases that could make the department shine. The murders of Tupac and Biggie always haunted Russell and he was there talking about reopening the cases. The day before the meeting on a telephone call he confirmed with a Sheriff that the shooter’s were let into the 1Oak by an off-duty Sheriff and that the shooters were dropped off at LAX by the same Sheriff the next day. The Sheriff’s were anxious to discover the source of Russell’s information. He arrived at the meeting and instead of just the promised homicide investigator, he was confronted with four Sheriff’s on the Suge Knight case. Russell Poole had a massive heart attack and died in that meeting. He had given his last breath to clear Suge Knight and to solve the Tupac and Biggie murders.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Could Orlando Anderson Have Been the Murderer of Tupac Shakur?

The recent highly publicized theory that Orlando Anderson and Keefy-D are the shooters of Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight on September 7, 1996  has many fatal flaws. Let's examine some of them.

The theory goes that Orlando Anderson was mad because he got beat down by Tupac and the crew so he contacted his uncle and they rolled in a white Cadillac and shot Tupac and Suge a couple of hours later while the entourage is making their way to Club 662. (Never mind that the fight was staged - see video below.)

Orlando Anderson is escorted away by Reggie Wright Jr. at 8:55 P.M. Tupac was shot at 11:15 P.M. That means that Orlando Anderson must depart from his meeting with Reggie Wright Jr., meet up with his uncle - Keefy-D, find the entourage, and figure out which car Tupac is traveling in, and shoot Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight. Is that even possible on a fight night in Las Vegas?

Two hours and twenty minutes isn't much time to carry all of this out. Just finding his uncle could have taken an hour, and finding Tupac and figuring out which car he was in would be impossible without radios and spotters that require a tremendous amount of planning. According to the theory that has Orlando Anderson pulling the trigger, there was no planning.

Have you ever been on the Vegas Strip in traffic during fight night? The cars are bumper to bumper. The intersection where the hit was carried out was right on the edge of the traffic where the shooters could get away and that implies a high degree of planning. Orlando Anderson being detained by security makes it highly unlikely that he could hook back up with his uncle and the entourage... unless Reggie Wright Jr. helped him hook back up with them. But there are other problems with this even if Orlando had help.

Cathy Scott talks about Orlando Anderson being badly beaten in the scuffle and in no condition to retaliate. Watch the MGM surveillance tape again. How many blows does Anderson sustain? Tupac talked about Tyson landing 50 punches. In about the same amount of time, Orlando Anderson is punched and kicked by multiple people. Was he in any condition to plan a hit with his uncle? Corey Edwards says Orlando seemed OK after the scuffle.

Corey Edwards runs into Orlando Anderson at the bar before news of Tupac being shot had reached them. There were many others there that could verify this including a professional basketball player. That news travelled fast in these circles as everybody in the cars following Tupac had cell phones and they burned up the telephone lines with news of the shooting. So in between the scuffle and the shooting, Orlando Anderson was seen in the bar. Corey Edwards hears later about Tupac being shot.

Orlando Anderson makes the statement that he adjourned to his room. Both of these statements are easily verifiable. Las Vegas has an eye in the sky everywhere... Las Vegas Police verify this easily and have no interest in Orlando Anderson as Tupac's shooter when offered up by the Corrupt Compton Police.

As for the Keefy-D confession obtained in exchange for a proffer deal that was illegally recorded, Keefy-D would have said anything to get out of a potential prison sentence. The confession is coerced as Keefy-D has stated. According to a recently interviewed former Assistant United States Attorney, "FBI Profer deals are never recorded." This would violate the interviewee’s Fifth Amendment Rights. So if the taped recorded interview was indeed recorded it was done so without permission of the Federal Government and in violation of the rights of Keefy-D. Just the type of behavior you would expect from a corrupt cop that was caught altering witness testimony.

Keffy-D has a reputation for making up stories. Darnell Brim was recorded by J. Gollaz and T. Bracia of LAPD as saying about Keefy-D, "He likes to talk a lot. He keeps stuff going; like hearsay stuff. Like when my homeboy Lee got killed he was saying that he saw what happened including that he seen my car driving away from the shooting. He was saying that I was the guy who shot Lee. When he found out that. I was locked down. He changed his story and said that it was someone who looked like me. He keeps a lot of stuff going like girls do. I asked him about it when I got out of jail. He said something like, 'you know what's going on, you don't like us and we don't like you, just keep it like that.'"

Now think of one of the most fatal flaws in this theory: the fact that Michael Moore heard, "got-em" come over Former Compton Cop and head of Death Row Security, Reggie Wright Jr.'s radio that night at the time of the shooting. That means someone was watching and reporting on a radio and that indicates a high degree of planning. That fully refutes the theory that Orlando Anderson pulled the trigger that night.

Compton Police arrested Anderson with the full expectation that he would be charged with the murder of Tupac Shakur. He was offered up to Las Vegas Police but because they knew he wasn't the shooter as his alibi checked out, he was never charged, tried, or convicted of the murder of Tupac Shakur.

You can read more about this in Chaos Merchants and Tupac:187 - Russell Poole's final words on the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls before his tragic death meeting with Sheriff's about the cases.

Chaos Merchants
By Michael Douglas Carlin and Russell Poole with Foreword by RJ Bond

By RJ Bond and Michael Douglas Carlin with contribution by Russell Poole

© 2016 Michael Douglas Carlin. All Rights Reserved.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Suge Knight Was Guaranteed Safety For His Meeting in Compton at Tam's

Growing up in Compton wasn't like growing up in any other city in America. The Crips were recruiting and they were aggressive. At Centennial High School there were 16 young men that were attacked because they refused membership into the gang. Many of them came from Piru Street in Compton. They created an affiliation to stand up to the pressures created by the Crips and the Bloods were born.

Because they are severely outnumbered they must adhere to a much more stringent set of rules to survive. They carve the code of conduct into their hearts. When a member of the Piru Set gives their word that someone is guaranteed safety in coming to a peace meeting it must be adhered to or there will be severe consequences. A Piru's word is his bond.

Terry Carter's brother was one of the original 16 members of the Piru. Suge Knight would know that since he grew up in the neighborhood. Carter giving his word that Suge Knight could feel safe in coming down to Compton to settle up with Dr. Dre for monies he was owed for the Apple Beats Deal and his portion of the budget for the movie Straight Outta Compton was something that Suge Knight could take to the bank. He should never have been attacked in a peace meeting as Carter told him this was... but we all know that isn't what happened.

How was Suge Knight owed money? When Eazy-E and Jerry Heller settled their lawsuit with Suge Knight they signed over the name NWA to Knight. That name was used freely in the movie and Suge should have been paid for it. Also, the likeness of Suge Knight appeared in the movie and even Ice Cube said that Suge should be paid. Also, when Dr. Dre left Death Row Records, Suge Knight signed a lifetime management contract with Dr. Dre. That meant that some of the Beats money had a legitimate claim by Suge Knight. Clearly there was some money he could expect to be paid and that was at least the subject of a negotiation.

But we all know Compton is a dangerous place. We also know that Suge Knight survived an attack by two shooters at the 1Oak Nightclub on August 24, 2014. Allegedly an off-duty Sheriff let the shooters into the club that night and the crime scene was allegedly bungled by Richard Biddle, a Sheriff investigator. That is why even though Sheriff's know the identity of the shooters they have never filed charges for attempted murder against them. There were 38 cameras in the club that night. Sheriff's blame Suge Knight being non-cooperative as the reason no charges are filed but video evidence is much more reliable than eye-witness testimony and the Sheriff's have all of the tapes.

In light of Suge's shooting at 1Oak and knowing that Compton is a dangerous place can anyone understand why Suge might be a little jumpy? When I look at the videotape I see an object being put into a waistband. If Suge Knight thought that was a gun it is enough justification to support his actions that night.

Clearly this was a homicide as Terry Carter died. The question becomes was this a justifiable homicide?
The Sheriff's made it clear to Russell Poole that they were going to try to throw the book at Suge Knight because they finally could send him away forever but the facts of this case don't justify their actions especially since they have failed to successfully prosecute his shooters at 1Oak and Richard Biddle was the investigator at Tam's (a conflict of interest that Russell would point out). Suge may have a cause of action against Sheriff's in civil court and he clearly has a cause of action against the City of Los Angeles for the LAPD's leak of the Tupac confession letter because Suge Knight was a victim of that crime too. Why else would there be so much publicity recently naming Suge Knight as the murderer of Biggie Smalls?

That is quite a stretch since Suge Knight was in LA County Jail at the time Biggie Smalls was murdered at Fairfax and Wilshire. Russell had previously blamed Suge for Tupac's murder because of a document leaked by LA County Sheriff's in 1998 blaming Suge Knight for the murder of Tupac. Russell felt bad once he knew Suge had nothing to do with it. He also believed it would be very difficult to prove that Suge had anything to do with Biggie's murder. They put listening devices in Suge's cell in prison. They searched his cell and always came up empty. Russell knew off-duty LAPD had carried out Biggie's murder using a shooter they could cut loose. He also knew Compton Police were there too. He was meeting with Sheriff's on August 19, 2015. He was trying to convince Sheriff's that their case against Suge Knight was crumbling and to reopen the cases of Tupac and Biggie's murders that he felt could now be solved. He brought proof that Compton Police were involved in those murders with him to the meeting that day as well as the information that an off-duty Sheriff participated in the attempted murder of Suge Knight. As we know Russell died in that meeting.

Suge Knight was the head of a gangster rap label. He was tough as nails and ran the company with an iron fist. He was in over his head as was Tupac. He was set-up to be murdered along with Tupac 20 years ago and his company was taken from him. You can trace his troubles from today straight back to that Las Vegas night of September 7, 1996. He was in Compton on a mission of peace to settle finances with Dr. Dre as Terry Carter promised him and he had a Piru word from the code that is written in every Piru's heart that he was safe. He never should have been attacked that night. Any reasonable person would have fled as he did even if it meant driving over someone to escape.

In the words of an eye-witness, "This is Compton man!!!"

You can read more about this in Chaos Merchants and Tupac:187 - Russell Poole's final words on the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls before his tragic death meeting with Sheriff's about the cases.

Chaos Merchants


© 2016 Michael Douglas Carlin. All Rights Reserved.

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Why Stage a Fight With Tupac?

by Michael Douglas Carlin

By now we have seen that Reggie Wright Sr., of the Compton Police, is on the MGM Surveillance Tape. He is supervising the interrogation of Orlando Anderson way outside of his jurisdiction. That indicates that the fight was staged but why?

Tupac had already fired his attorney David Kenner and according to Reggie Wright Jr., Security Manager of Death Row Records, he had been fired too. Reggie was playing games with the security that night and Suge told Reggie to knock it off and stop playing games but clearly Reggie's feelings were hurt.

This is pure speculation about the incidents that night. But it is all based upon things we know. There was a file in the Death Row Seizure by police that had Orlando Anderson's name on it. He was being paid for something, that much we know.
Reggie Wright Sr. as captured on the MGM Video

If Tupac was leaving Death Row Records, and we have lots of evidence of that, how does a record label let a cash-cow walk out the door? Truth is they employ all means to keep that cash-cow happy and recording on their label. When we look at Death Row Records tactics we know that Suge Knight used an artist's vulnerability with the law against him when it came to contract time. Snoop Dogg was signed a day after his arrest for murder. Tupac was signed while he was getting his twice daily cavity searches in Dannemora Prison. That contract was prepared September 15, 1995 and signed by Suge Knight and was signed by Tupac Shakur on September 16, 1995. Completion of the three albums called for in that contract were coming to a close and there was at best a renegotiation happening and at worst Tupac leaving the label.

The charade being played on Tupac was the staged fight at the MGM. The evidence is all there. You can see Reggie Wright Jr. on the tape hiding behind a woman from the cameras as he walks by. They were aware of the cameras and knew the fight would be caught on the surveillance tape. Reggie Wright Jr. leaves with Orlando Anderson at the conclusion of his interrogation. But again why stage the fight?
Last Photo of Tupac. Does he look happy? Suge was most likely renegotiating with Tupac as shots rang out.

Suge was known to use leverage to keep his artists in check. He used the legal defense of Snoop against him to keep Snoop generating revenue for Death Row Records. Snoop owed over five million dollars for that defense and was personally receiving very little of the money he earned in order to pay Death Row Records back for that debt.

Beyond the hand-written contract there was little to no leverage on Tupac. They needed to create leverage. The staged Orlando Anderson fight was their attempt to create that leverage.

In Got Your Back, Frank Alexander, Tupac's Bodyguard that night, writes, "When Pac snapped, he wasn't thinking about consequences, he never did with fighting. He just loved to fight and never cared about getting in trouble. All he wanted to do was get it out of his system." Fight night in Vegas would be a perfect opportunity to manipulate Tupac Shakur.

Trevon, who was next to Tupac at the MGM, whispered something into Tupac's ear and he took the bait and began the scuffle. At the time Tupac was out of prison pending an appeal. Getting involved in a scuffle would clearly send him back to prison if the tape made it to the authorities. There were no charges filed at the time and Orlando Anderson was released to go about his business - the people supervising the incident saw to that. The tape was probably collected by someone related to Kenner or Wright that night to use as leverage against Tupac later if he refused to come back to Death Row Records, Kenner, and Wright.

The MGM tape was entered into evidence in Suge's hearings on the probation violation by David Kenner not by the prosecution as is customary. In fact, all of the testimony came from Compton Police... even the statements acquired by Las Vegas Police were entered into evidence by the Compton Police headed up by Reggie Wright Sr. Frank Alexander's statement was of particular interest because what Kenner read to Alexander on the recorded telephone call is far different from the actual statement made by Alexander to Brent Becker. Somehow it was altered from the time Frank made it to the time it was entered into evidence. Alexander is warned to "not get subpoenaed" by Reggie Wright Jr. or it could have serious consequences to him and his family. When they couldn't kill Suge they were all working hard to send him away and he was not aware of his new "pawn" status until many years later.

Alexander again writes, "The fact was, the situations surrounding Tupac kept getting deeper and deeper all the time, and it became more and more apparent we were all in over our heads."

But most likely Suge was aware of the staged Orlando Anderson fight as a ploy to renegotiate with Tupac. Suge rushes Tupac away from the Mike Tyson fight for a reason. The Orlando Anderson incident happens and then they all get to the house of Suge for a reset. Tupac is asked to ride with Suge alone so they can discuss Tupac's future. Tupac is probably told he needs to remain at Death Row Records or that fight he was just caught in on videotape will be used by the authorities to send him back to prison. Suge probably told him that Kenner already had the tape and Tupac could determine his fate by playing along or he could be turned back over to the authorities who all had an axe to grind with Tupac. Look at the last image of Tupac. He doesn't look very happy. He looks like his entire life has been turned upside down.

What Suge and Tupac didn't know that night was that there was another plan at work that had them in the cross-hairs, in the same car, without any bodyguards, and without any guns. Both of them were set to die.

You can read more about this in Chaos Merchants and Tupac:187 - Russell Poole's final words on the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls before his tragic death meeting with Sheriff's about the cases.

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