Sunday, December 04, 2005

LATIMES and LAPD coverup of Biggie Smalls murder?

Entertainment: Rolling Stone and FrontPage articles make the charge. Long read on both, but taken together makes for an interesting read. LAdailynews has a roundup.

Allegations published Friday in a Rolling Stone magazine article raise new questions about a possible cover-up of critical information about the 1997 slaying of rapper Notorious B.I.G. and the possible role of Rampart scandal figure Rafael Perez and another former LAPD officer. The lengthy article by Randall Sullivan, author of the book "Labyrinth" about the killing, contends that the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Times failed to engage possible links between the slaying of Christopher Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.) on March 9, 1997, in Los Angeles and Perez and former Officer David Mack and their ties to rap music producer Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records. Similar allegations were published in the online magazine FrontPageMagazine.com by writer Jan Golab, who said new information about the role of the LAPD in the investigation could increase the city's liability in a pending federal lawsuit brought by the slain rap star's family. While the articles raise many of the same previously published questions about the officers' links to the unsolved slayings of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur - who died in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996, days after being shot - it is their more strongly drawn connection to Rampart and reams of documents ordered released by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper that could change the complexion of the family's complaint, which is expected to be amended for a new trial. A mistrial was declared last summer when an LAPD officer acknowledged that investigative records had been withheld from the plaintiffs.

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