Levied by judge who accused police of concealing evidence.

The Los Angeles City Council March 29 approved a $1.1 million payment to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G because of errors in a civil wrongful death trial over accusations that he was murdered by rogue police officers.

The penalty was levied by a U.S. district judge who accused police of concealing evidence and declared a mistrial in the lawsuit, which was brought against the city last year.

The popular rapper, born Christopher Wallace, was shot dead at the age of 24 after leaving a Los Angeles party in 1997.

His unsolved murder has been widely attributed to a feud between East and West Coast rap record labels that also cost the life of another popular rapper, Tupac Shakur.

Relatives of Notorious B.I.G. claim the shooting was carried out by Los Angeles police officers moonlighting for one of the record companies.

The $1.1 million dollar penalty will go to pay legal costs incurred by the Wallace family before the mistrial was declared in July. The family has said it will go ahead with its wrongful death lawsuit and hopes to set a new trial date next month.

- Reuters