April 23, 1997
Report: Police Saw Rapper Shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- At least one police officer and possibly
as many as six acted as security guards for The Notorious B.I.G.
and may have witnessed his slaying, the Los Angeles Times
However, none came forward to say they were there, including
the one off-duty officer who was in a car directly behind the
rapper, the paper said.
"If they were there all that time before, it just seems
impossible to me that they didn't see the incident," said
Damion Butler, friend and road manager of the rapper whose real
name was Christopher Wallace.
"Where did they go? They had to see it," he said.
The 24-year-old rapper, who also went by the stage name Biggie
Smalls, was shot and killed March 9 as he sat in a car after the
Soul Train Music awards. Several shots were fired from a car as a
crowd of people left the ceremony, but no one provided a good
description of the shooter. No arrests have been made.
In nearby Inglewood, Police Chief Alex Perez confirmed his
department was investigating allegations that as many as six
officers may have worked the night the rapper was slain.
Among them was the off-duty officer whose moonlighting stint
was a violation of department policy, the Times said.
Undercover officers from New York were also in the vicinity
during the shooting as part of a federal investigation of
criminals allegedly affiliated with the rapper's record company,
Bad Boy Entertainment, the paper said, citing unidentified
The Justice Department, as well as the Los Angeles and New
York police departments, declined to comment, the newspaper said.