Monday, 10 December 2012
Notorious B.I.G.'s Family Gets Apology From LAPD
Police were criticized for not informing the slain rapper’s family before the report was made public Friday.
The Los Angeles Police Department has issued an apology to the family of The Notorious B.I.G., after it made his autopsy public without informing his relatives ahead of time.
Police said the records relating to the March 1997 slaying of the rapper, whose real name was Christopher George Latore Wallace, were released prematurely Friday “due to an administrative error,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
“Robbery-Homicide Division detectives had intended to notify Mr. Wallace's family prior to releasing the report," the LAPD said in a statement.
“Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family [Friday] night and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release" said Capt. Billy Hayes, who heads the Robbery-Homicide Division. "Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case."
A lawyer for the Wallace family had criticized the way the autopsy was released.
The 23-page document the LAPD unsealed Friday revealed new information about the slaying of the Brooklyn rapper. Police hoped it would generate new leads for the unsolved drive-by shooting that occurred as Wallace sat in an SUV near the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.