LAPD May be Responsible for Notorious B.I.G.’s Death - Notorious B.I.G.On Friday a federal judge cleared the way for the Estate of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace to persue the wrongful death suit against the LAPD.

Two years ago, the estate of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace along with his mother Voletta and his widow, Faith Evans, filed a wrongful death suit against the City of Los Angeles and the LAPD alleging the department’s authority was used to execute and cover-up the rapper’s murder. The lawsuit focuses on a former LAPD officer and member of the Bloods street gang, David Mack, who has been implicated in the murder.

Seven years ago Wallace was slain when his vehicle was hit by rounds of gunfire after attending an after party for the Soul Train Awards.

The suit alleges that Mack, who is currently serving a 14-year federal prison term for a 1997 bank robbery, planned and orchestrated the murder with accomplice Amir Muhammed as the triggerman. Additionally, the suit claims that various LAPD chiefs “intentionally, willfully and recklessly delayed and stopped the investigation” to protect the force and the city.

To help prove their case, the Wallace estate will cite an investigation that indicates Mack had knowledge only privy to the LAPD, including surveillance information and Wallace’s exit plan from the after-party, which police frequently review when patrolling large events.

“It appeared that police radios were used to monitor the location and response of law enforcement to the shooting, as well as to facilitate escaping after the shooting, concealing the vehicle, and disposing of the weapon,” Judge Florence-Marie Cooper said.

The court also found that the fact that Mack was off-duty on the night of the murder does not control whether he acted “under color of law.”

The ruling means that Wallace’s estate now has to prove that Mack was “acting, purporting to act, or pretending to act in the performance of his or her official duties.”

The judge also added, “it is the nature of the act performed, not the clothing of the actor or even the status of being on duty or off duty, which determines whether the officer has acted under the color of law.”

Wallace’s estate is pursuing a theory that claims Mack and another man, Amir Muhammad, shot Wallace on orders from Death Row CEO Suge Knight, a claim Knight and Muhammad have denied.

The suit is schedule to be heard on October 5th.