Declassified FBI files on the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls reveal connections between the LAPD and the crimes. The investigation supported the findings of LAPD detective Russell Poole, who uncovered corrupt officers connected to the murders and accused the LAPD of a cover-up.
The files suggest that US intelligence orchestrated the assassination of Tupac and that several people related to the LAPD were involved in covering up the plot. Furthermore, the files reveal connections between Tupac’s murder and the gang war in Compton. The same tactics were used in the Biggie murder, and FBI Agent Phil Carson wanted to make an arrest, but his superiors did not allow him to follow up with charging the officer. The LAPD’s involvement in the two cases was significant, with some believing that allegedly crooked cops could have been involved.
In this section, the declassified FBI files on the unsolved murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls were revealed, exposing connections between the LAPD and the crimes. The FBI investigation supported the findings of LAPD detective Russell Poole who uncovered corrupt officers connected to the murders and was removed from the case after accusing the LAPD of a cover-up. The FBI was investigating Tupac and Death Row Records in the 1990s and used an undercover agent, Kevin Hackey, who was formerly a Compton school district police officer to infiltrate the label, revealing that the FBI had Suge Knight and death row under surveillance and had tapped into their communications. Hackey also alleged that he introduced arms trafficking to the label as part of an ATF gun-walking operation.
In this section, it is revealed that Tupac’s rap group, Outlaws, had connections to gun walking operations carried out by the ATF, and one member’s weapon was tracked by the FBI and ATF and later used in Tupac’s murder. The FBI had surveillance footage of the drive-by shooting in which Tupac was killed, and Kevin Gaines, an LAPD Rampart cop who was found to be dating Suge Knight’s ex-wife Sharifa Knight, was at the scene. Three LAPD officers, including David Mack and Rafael Perez, were also connected to Death Row events and parties, with Russell Poole, an LAPD detective, asking why so many officers were working within Death Row records and being told to consider them covert agents. However, Kevin Hackie, an undercover ATF agent, was assigned elsewhere by the FBI on the night of the shooting, which interfered with the security’s radio system.
In this section, the declassified FBI files on Tupac Shakur’s case reveal that the assassination of the rapper was orchestrated by US intelligence. Several people related to the LAPD, including officer Richard McCauley and James Green, were involved in covering up the plot by transferring Tupac’s ashes from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and presenting a staged fight at the MGM Hotel to frame a rival gang member for the murder. The files also reveal connections between Tupac’s murder and the gang war in Compton, where a fellow Crip named Orlando Anderson was labeled as the shooter. Moreover, the files suggest that LAPD officers were involved in the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. six months later, as there were several officers allegedly present at the Vibe magazine party at the Peterson Automotive Museum where Biggie was murdered. The Civil Trial filed against the LAPD by Biggie’s family in 2005 alleged that corrupt Rampart cops may have played a role in the murder using police radios and other tactics to carry out the hit.
In this section, it is revealed that FBI Agent Phil Carson wanted to make an arrest for the murder of Biggie Smalls based on evidence found, including a rare type of ammunition and a car that matched the description of the shooter’s vehicle. However, his superiors did not allow him to follow up with charging the officer. The FBI documents revealed that the same tactics were used by the cops in a previous crime, which some believe may have been the Tupac murder or a bank robbery. It is claimed that Biggie was killed for no other reason than to advance the theory that the conspirators who tried to take out Suge Knight were putting forward. The LAPD’s involvement in the two cases was significant, with Russell Poole, a former LAPD detective, believing that allegedly crooked cops could have been involved.