New Evidence in B.I.G.’s Murder May Prove LAPD Involvement
Recently revealed witness testimony may finally prove the long-rumored link between the Los Angeles Police Department and the shooting death of revered rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace.
Though the case has gone unsolved for almost 14 years, it has long been alleged that LAPD was involved in a cover-up regarding the mysterious 1997 shooting, after a Vibe magazine party by the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. A wrongful death suit was filed against the city of Los Angeles by Biggie's mother Voletta Wallace in 2005, accusing LAPD officials of suppressing evidence regarding the role that two LAPD officers may have had in the shooting.
In breaking news, new evidence has been uncovered which may have proven a link between LAPD officers David Mack and Rafael Perez and former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, long suspected of orchestrating B.I.G.'s shooting.
According to the evidence, an unnamed inmate, who later shared a cell with Rafael Perez, claims Perez told him that he was working security at the Peterson Museum on the night Biggie was shot, and that he made a phonecall when Biggie left the party, to inform Mack that the Bad Boy rapper was sitting inside a vehicle outside the museum. "The federal judge in the case writes that the inmate reported that Perez had told him about his and [Officer David] Mack's involvement with Death Row Records and their activities at the Petersen Automotive Museum the night of Biggie Smalls' murder," California news station KCAL9 reports, calling the new info "potentially explosive evidence."
Unfortunately, the lead investigator in the case, who has since retired, never presented the inmate's sworn statements as evidence. Less than a year after Biggie's death, Perez and Mack were revealed to have been on Death Row's payroll as security, a scandal which, along with their involvement in an $800,000 cocaine heist, ended their careers in law enforcement.
The Wallace family argues that the evidence was suppressed to avoid costing the city millions for the LAPD's involvement in the murder, further creating tensions between the people of Los Angeles and its much-maligned police department.
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