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Report: Notorious B.I.G. murder case linked to LAPD sex scandal

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Published: Friday December 15, 2006
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The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. has become linked to the sex scandal currently plaguing the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a report published in today's LA Times.

Among other things, Sgt. Ya-May Christle is currently contending that a computer containing information about the rapper's death--which some have accused LAPD police of orchestrating--was confiscated, and that she was retaliated against for her part in the investigation.

The 1997 death of the entertainer was re-opened for investigation in July of this year.

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Michael Berkow, who recently left the department to become police chief in Savannah, Ga. and was part of Bratton's inner circle, is accused of retaliating against Sgt. Ya-May Christle. She has complained in a lawsuit about Berkow's misconduct, alleging sexual harassment and that computer data from one of her investigations was destroyed...

Christle's attorney, Bradley Gage of Los Angeles, says his client was also retaliated against for alleging that Berkow and department personnel confiscated her computer containing critical information about the internal affairs investigation of the Notorious B.I.G. murder case.

Gage is one of several attorneys suing on behalf of the late rapper, Christopher Wallace, alleging that two former Los Angeles police officers orchestrated his fatal shooting in 1997 in the city's Miracle Mile area.

Asked about the allegation that data potentially implicating police officers in the Biggie Smalls murder may have been hidden or deleted, Bratton said: "She has made allegations in the lawsuit. That will be dealt with in response to the lawsuit. The department is complying fully with the court mandates on discovery and turning over all the other documents and I am very comfortable with that."

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The full, view-limited story is available here.