Biggie’s Family Files New Suit Against City of Los Angeles, Rogue Cops
The family of The Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, has filed a new lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles and two rogue police officers. According to the Los Angeles Times, the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday (April 16) names former officers Raphael Perez and Nino Durden as co-conspirators in the rapper’s 1997 murder. The suit alleges that Perez was a member of a street gang and also worked with Suge Knight’s Death Row Records at the time of the murder. It claims that Perez “has made specific statements that he, together with David Mack, conspired to murder and participated in the murder of Christopher Wallace.” Both Perez and Durden, who were partners at the time of the shooting, were arrested as part of the Rampart police corruption scandal in the late 1990’s. Mack—who is currently serving a sentence for armed robbery—was named in the family’s previous suit, but his name was later removed. The new lawsuit estimates financial losses resulting from Biggie’s death could be as much as $500 million.