With the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department seeking an apology over one of their officers incorrectly being seen in Fox’s September 24 airing Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? documentary, the network has now said it “regrets the error.”
“In Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? a photo of Los Angeles Sheriff Department Commander Steven D. Katz was mistakenly used in the program,’ the net said in a statement Tuesday. “FOX regrets the error and extends an apology to Commander Katz and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.”
The apology from the network follows one late yesterday from producers Critical Content after the primetime special over one of hip hop’s greatest mysteries outraged the L.A County Sheriff’s department.
Produced by the Tom Forman led company, the two-hour Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien hosted docu aired opposite powerhouse Sunday Night Football and the debut of Star Trek Discovery on CBS. The investigative crime special called out Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Commander Stephen D. Katz and used his photo repeatedly. However, to producer Critical Content and Fox’s embarressment, the LASD said it was never involved in the investigation. The officer in the case was the Los Angeles Police Department’s Steven Katz.
“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 Wallace,” the LASD said on Tuesday. “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.”
“This is a serious matter and the way it was handled was sloppy,” a law enforcement insider bluntly told Deadline of the docu and the photo blunder.
A blunder Critical Content addressed on Monday.
“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?”, the producer said late last night. “He is not the Steven Katz of the Los Angeles Police Department mentioned in the program.”
That apology was not enough for the LASD, who said they wanted to hear from Fox itself – as they finally did today.
Legends in their own time, antagonism developed between Tupac Shakur and the rising Christopher “Biggie” Wallace in the mid-1990s. It ended in bullets in 1996 when Shakur was shot on the Las Vegas strip on September 7, 1996 after a Mike Tyson fight.
The Poetic Justice actor died six days later from his wounds.
Months later Wallace was killed in gunfire in L.A. in the early hours of March 9, 1997. While there have been various theories and suspects over the decades, including the ones id’d in the Critical Content docu, both cases remained officially unsolved.