(AllHipHop News) The head of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service has denied a new report claiming he derailed an investigation into the murder of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace.
A new piece in The Daily Beast claims the LAPD deliberately thwarted the investigation, after they learned former police officers David Mack and Rafael Perez helped orchestrate the brazen murder B.I.G. on March 9, 1997, in front of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Former FBI agent Phil Carson claims he was close to solving the case and bringing charges, but the LAPD ruined the case over a $400 million civil-suit they could not afford to lose to B.I.G.'s estate.
According to Phil Carson, Michael Berkow, who was the head of the LAPD's Professional Standards Bureau, engaged in a conspiracy with other department members to leak confidential information to journalist Chuck Phillips and the Los Angeles Times, in a bid to discredit the investigation.
Ironically, Michael Berkow, who is now the head of the U.S. Coast Guard's Investigative Service, was tasked with cleaning up corruption inside of the police force.
But instead of getting to the root of the corruption, Phil Carson claims Berkow was feeding damning information to former Los Angeles Times journalist Chuck Phillips.
Phil Carson even claims Chuck Phillips allegedly has recordings of Michael Berkow instructing him to concoct stories to undermine Carson's credibility, if he were to take the stand in the civil case against the LAPD.
“I was stunned,” Phil Carson said. “I was in shock when I got done listening to those.”
Michael Berkow denied Phil Carson's claims to The Daily Beast. According to Berkow, he cannot recall anything about Biggie Smalls or the investigation.
"I think there's a lot of conspiracy theorist out there around this, and I think what's important is to separate fact from fiction," Berkow told The Daily Beast.
“I’ve spent 40 years doing police work and I’ve never seen a cop worrying about the financial hit the city’s gonna take in such a way to damage their own integrity,” Berkow added. “The idea that somebody would compromise an investigation because the city, in some future civil suit, might lose money is completely ridiculous.”