Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … response to COVID-19 and related issues has been LAPD’s top priority the past 2 months, meaning less time and resources available to focus on the rapper’s killer.
When detectives are able to investigate, we’re told they still try to go out and safely speak face-to-face with people in an attempt to gather evidence … but that’s been a challenge already in this case.
As we first told you … cops were running into witness issues in the case, as people were either refusing to talk about Pop’s death or providing unreliable info.
On a more positive note … our sources say investigators are hoping the rapper’s upcoming posthumous debut album will renew interest in the case, get people talking, and drum up tips and new leads.
Born Bashar Jackson, Pop Smoke was just 20 years old at the time of his death. The “Dior” rapper was coming off just dropping his second commercial mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, and was a leader in the Brooklyn drill music scene.