Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed documents link two former L.A.P.D. officers with the 1997 murder of Notorious B.I.G.
It’s been nearly fourteen years since legendary rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace was gunned down after leaving a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in California and a black Chevy Impala rolled up beside his SUV. Longstanding controversy has sprung from the fact that no arrests were made or charges filed, with the strongest leads pointing to the LAPD, whose involvement is still in question.
Recently unsealed evidence suggests the lead investigator in the 1997 murder of Wallace had ties to Death Row Records and was at the scene of the critically acclaimed rapper’s murder, reportedly working as security personnel. The new evidence is the latest finding in the ongoing legal battle between the Wallace family and the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to the evidence, an unnamed inmate, who at one point shared a cell with former LAPD officers Rafael Perez, claims Perez told him he was working security at the Peterson Museum on the night Wallace was shot. He told the inmate that he made a phonecall when Wallace 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. The evidence is potentially staggering.
“This potentially explosive evidence involves an alleged conversation between former LAPD officers Rafael Perez and Perez’s cellmate in the L.A. County jail,” reports California news station, KCAL9. “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.”
Within a year of Wallace’s murder both Mack and Perez were fired and convicted of separate crimes including robbery. The new evidence is based on testimony from Perez’s cellmate claiming Perez and Mack not only had ties to Death Row Records, but that Perez was also working security at the Petersen Automotive Museum the night of Wallace’s murder.
In 2005, a civil suit was filed by Wallace’s family against the city of L.A after it was discovered that there was evidence being hidden by the police force linking two undercover officers, David Mack and Rafael Perez to the crime and the label Death Row Records.
The unnamed cellmate mentions communication between Mack and Perez the night of Wallaces muder about the wherabouts of Wallace’s SUV, but the testimony reportedly stops short of directly implicating either man in his murder.
The Wallace family claims that the evidence was deliberately hidden by the LAPD because if Perez was working for the city the night of Wallace’s murder and can be tied to the shooting in any way, the city would likely be liable for millions of dollars.