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Family of Notorious B.I.G. files lawsuit claiming conspiracy
Published: Wednesday April 18, 2007
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The family of rap star Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in a Los Angeles shooting in 1997, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, alleges that former Officers Raphael Perez and Nino Durden were involved in the shooting, which took place as Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace and also known as Biggie Smalls, was leaving a music industry party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Mid-Wilshire district," reported the Times.

The suit contends that Perez and Durden conspired to kill the rapper and that Perez "has made specific statements that he, together with David Mack, conspired to murder and participated in the murder of Christopher Wallace."

Following the rapper's death, both Durden and Perez were arrested and charged in the LAPD Rampart scandal, a wide-ranging case of extreme police misconduct in which Perez was found to have stolen eight pounds of cocaine from the LAPD evidence locker, in addition to the shooting and framing of an LA gang member. Perez's testimony led to the eventual implication of dozens of officers.

Filed by the rappers's widow, singer Faith Evans, as well as his mother and two children, the lawsuit also names the city of Los Angeles, contending that the city covered up the police officers' involvement to avoid a lawsuit.

This is the second lawsuit the family has filed against the city. The first was filed in 2002 in a federal court. has obtained a copy of the lawsuit which can be found here.