Los Angeles, CA – FOX aired its investigative crime special Who Shot Biggie & Tupac? on Sunday night (September 24) and the network is already fielding public criticism from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In a statement, the department condemned the program for falsely using a photo of Commander Steven D. Katz, an employee of the LASD. The show misidentified Commander Katz for Steve Katz, the Los Angeles Police Department’s lead detective on the Biggie Smalls murder case.
“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 department said. “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.”
It went on, “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 production company behind the program, Critical