LAPD Apologizes to Notorious B.I.G.’s Family For Early Release of Autopsy Report
After Notorious B.I.G.‘s autopsy was released on the Internet for the world to read, the Los Angeles Police Department announced they did apologize to the late rapper’s family for failing to notifying them of their plans to make them public.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. coroner’s office released the documents after authorities gave them permission to do so on Friday (Dec. 7). The detectives had intended to notify Biggie’s family but the report was sent out prematurely “due to an administrative error.”
“Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family [Friday] night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release” said Capt. Billy Hayes, who heads the Robbery-Homicide Division, which is investigating Biggie’s murder. “Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case.”
The LAPD maintains that by releasing the autopsy report, it would “stimulate additional interest and bring forth witnesses or clues in the case” that still remains unsolved.
As we previously reported, the 23-page autopsy presents the grisly details of where the four bullets pierced B.I.G.’s body on the night he was shot in Los Angeles on March 1997. Three of the bullets were not fatal but the fourth gunshot ultimately killed him as it ripped through his vital organs, including his heart, liver and lung.
Perry Sanders Jr., an attorney for the family, assailed the LAPD for failing to notify Biggie mother’s Voletta Wallace. He also criticized the police for not closing the 15-year-old case since he was told that police had identified those individuals responsible for the murder.
“I’ve been advised by the homicide detective that was in charge of the investigation and is no longer with the department that the crime has been solved for several years now,” Sanders told the Associated Press (via Billboard). “This was confirmed by at least one other person who is currently on the force, and it is ridiculous that an arrest has not been made for a crime that’s allegedly been solved for several years.”
In March 2012, Los Angeles police detective Greg Kading, who was assigned to investigate B.I.G’s murder case between 2006 and 2009, told Complex that the case may never get solved.
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