Los Angeles Councilman Offers $50k For B.I.G. Leads
The rapper was gunned down on March 9, 1997 after leaving a party by VIBE magazine near the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Councilman Dennis Zine introduced a measure Friday (April 7), which would double a 1997 measure that offered a $25,000 reward for tips that will lead to the apprehension of the person(s) who murdered the superstar rapper.
"I am hopeful someone will come forward with information which will lead to the eventual apprehension of the murderers involved in this case," Zine said in a statement.
In January, the family of the late Notorious B.I.G. was awarded $1.1 million by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper.
The money was paid to the family by the City of Los Angeles after it was learned the Los Angeles Police Department intentionally withheld evidence that could have implicated two rogue LAPD officers during the family's civil lawsuit trial.
Zine has blamed the LAPD, saying sloppy detective work was the reason for the city's loss.
Last summer, authorities discovered previously undisclosed statements from an informant who said an LAPD officer, Rafael Perez, had confessed to participating in the killing with another officer named David Mack.
A new group of detectives from the LAPD from the department's robbery-homicide division were recently assigned to re-investigate the murder of the late Notorious B.I.G.