LOS ANGELES – As mentioned in January on HipHopDX () the City of Los Angeles has been ordered to fork over $1.1 million to Biggie’s family for the LAPD intentionally withholding evidence regarding the investigation of the Brooklyn emcees murder.
Today the Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay a $1.1 million fine to the family of rapper.
District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper had invoked the fine to the city after learning that a police detective withheld documents that were important to the claims made by the rapper’s family.
With Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace and his widow, Faith Evans, the family filed a wrongful death suit in 2002, claiming that two corrupt LAPD officers, David Mack and Rafael Perez, conspired Death Row Records label head Marion “Suge” Knight to have the Notorious B.I.G. gunned down outside a Los Angeles party in 1997.
Councilman Dennis Zine said to HipHopDX – “It’s unfortunate, but we don’t have any choice”, he said after Wednesday’s 11-0 vote. “We had a case here where an experienced detective made a mistake and the city and its taxpayers have to pay for it.”
The trial will begin later this summer.