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On October 31, 1993, rapper Tupac Shakur was charged with aggravated assault in the shooting of brothers Mark and Scott Whitwell, both off-duty Atlanta police officers.
The shooting reportedly occurred after the two men were almost struck by a car taking the artist to a show in Atlanta. It’s unclear who fired the first shots. The officers were eventually released from Grady Hospital, with one being wounded in the abdomen, and the other in the buttocks.
Tupac had already become a controversial figure for his anti-police lyrics on the album 2pacalypse Now, which had been condemned by Vice President Dan Quayle, who had asked record stores to cease the LP’s sales completely.
"They have a person on whom they can lay a case initially and it may sound good because of what my client is identified with," said Tupac’s lawyer at the time. "But when you look at the bare facts, the only crime appears to be the actions of these two officers."
Tupac was released from jail the next day.
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