Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter
Erika Aguilar covers crime, courts and public safety in the Los Angeles area for KPCC.
Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."
Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.
Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at email@example.com.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
A jury awards more than $1 million to a teenager who was holding a toy gun when he was shot three years ago by an LA County Sheriff's deputy in Palmdale.
One year later, the officers have been cleared. But there's been no action on calls for greater civilian oversight of the Pasadena police.
An internal review by the Pasadena Police Department into the fatal officer-involved shooting of 19-year-old Kendrec McDade found that the officers acted "within policy."
The 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright case reminds us of the role of public defenders and the perennial funding issues facing state courts.
Verdict is due soon in a lawsuit filed against the LA County Sheriff's Department for the deputy-involved shooting of a teenager with a fake gun.
About two dozen alleged members of LA's Mara Salvatrucha 13 street gang were indicted Monday on extortion charges forcing street food vendors to pay "rent."
Opening arguments paint different pictures of Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native accused of a 1985 San Marino murder.
L.A. has agreed to issue a $40,000 check to compensate newspaper delivery women whose truck was damaged when police shot at it, believing Dorner was inside.
A coalition of legal aid groups have sued the LA Superior Court for cut backs to tenant eviction court service hearings, claiming it violates the rights of the "vulnerable" and "disabled." Read the complaint.
A rally at the state capitol on prescription drug abuse is on for Monday. It comes as the state legislature holds a hearing on the agency responsible for disciplining doctors.
On the 10th day of deliberations, the jury heard a read-back of testimony from a district attorney investigator.
Paul Tanaka, second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department who’s been strongly criticized for his handling of County jails, has announced he’ll be retiring.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is now on Twitter and is writing his own posts on his new blog, using social media to reach the community.
After suspected murderer Christopher Dorner made claims about his firing, the LAPD defended its disciplinary process and called it fair.
Years worth of detective case files will be audited after a judge finds two Pasadena police officers withheld evidence from the defense in criminal cases.