Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
8/4/2006 6:11:33 AM
Tags and topics realted to this article include Notorious B.I.G.. Hip Hop, Rap, Death and Crime.
Nine years after the slaying of rap star Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, the LAPD announced this week it has re-launched a task force of senior homicide detectives to hunt down the killer. Derrick Parker can assist the LAPD in solving the case: he knows the identity of the killers and is ready to provide the information to aid the investigation. This case, along with the unsolved murder cases of Tupac Shakur and Jam Master Jay, can be solved -- with his help.
During his career with the NYPD, Parker earned the highest detective rank and was the driving force behind the covert Rap Intelligence Unit. The sole mission of the unit was to collect personal information on rap's biggest stars, including Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z, Sean "Diddy" Combs and more. Now that the announcement of the re-opening of the cold case is official, he's offering his expert assistance and solid murder theory to help identify the killers.
"I just hope that the LAPD does things right. Before they do anything they should definitely consult me," Parker explained, "There were a lot of things that were missed in the past that they need to know."
While remaining unsolved, the case has cost the city millions and stands to cause further damage to the city's pockets. Earlier this year, a federal judge ordered $1.1 million in damages to the family, including Notorious B.I.G.'s widow, R&B songstress Faith Evans. An L.A. Councilman recently offered a $50,000 reward, in addition to the initial $25,000 reward offered by the city, for information leading to the conviction of the killers.
Parker, who is the feature subject of documentary "Black and Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop," directed by Academy Award nominee Peter Spirer and distributed by Image Entertainment, has encountered mixed reactions from the media, the hip hop community, and fellow police officers in his work as the 'Hip Hop Cop,' a name coined by New York media. Despite this, Parker continued to solve murder cases at an above average rate during his career on the force.
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