On Tuesday (September 26), FOX Broadcasting issued an apology to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over a photograph used in Sunday's airing of Who Shot Biggie & Tupac.
The L.A. County sheriff's department demanded an apology from FOX after the investigative crime special used a photo of a commander, Steven D. Katz, that they found to be defamatory.
"The program incorrectly portrayed the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and its employee Steven D. Katz as being involved with the investigation into the death of [Christopher] Wallace," the department said in a statement. "The segment defamed Katz by repeatedly showing his photograph and expressing through graphics, an indication of 'disgrace and outrage' into the handling of the case."
"The program also erroneously depicted the LASD as part of the investigation by showing our employee wearing his LASD name badge and standing in front of LASD logos, and indicating several times through graphics and statements, that he was the 'Lead Investigator of [the] Biggie Murder,'" the statement went on to say.
FOX has since apologized in a statement, saying, "Critical Content apologizes to Commander Steve Katz of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, whose photo was mistakenly included in last night's airing of Who Shot Biggie and Tupac? He is not the Steven Katz of the Los Angeles Police Department mentioned in the program."
The Notorious B.I.G. was fatally shot in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. His murder remains unsolved.