New task force to investigate Notorious BIG murder

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biggie-smalls-bob-marley-videoklip.jpgLos Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has launched a new task force to investigate the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious BIG.

The new investigation comes in the face of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by BIG's mother Voletta Wallace and other relatives, who claim that rogue police officers were involved in the killing, the Los Angeles Times said.

Evidence discovered by the new task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims.

An initial lawsuit filed by the Wallace family ended in a mistrial in July of 2005 after just three days of testimony when an anonymous tip led to the discovery that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a prison informant linking the killing to former officers David Mack and Rafael Perez.

BIG, born Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was gunned down on March 9, 1997, while leaving a crowded late-night party at a Los Angeles museum.

The rotund New York rapper also known as Biggie Smalls was one of the most influential hip-hop artists of the 1990s. His music has undergone a recent revival, following the release of a remixed album of his work from some of hip-hop's top stars.