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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
The jury in the Stow civil case still has not arrived at a decision, after telling the judge this week they were deadlocked. It’s now been six days of deliberations.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering proposing an ordinance to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories as a way to help ex-felons get jobs.
The U.S. Department of Labor has given two local community groups $3.5 million to help former prison inmates and juvenile offenders re-enter the job market.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said a detective accused of making vulgar, callous remarks in an audio recording has been taken out of the field while an investigation is underway.
Nearly four dozen alleged gang members were arrested during a crackdown on a South L.A. gang accused of committing murders, robberies and peddling drugs over two decades.
The city of Pasadena has paid $1 million to the parents of unarmed Kendrec McDade, 19, who was fatally shot by Pasadena police in 2012.
A bill wants to add more federal oversight on how airports prepare and respond to active shooters and emergencies after a deadly rampage last year at LAX
Jurors are using iPads to view documents and photos as part of a courtroom experiment. The hope is that tablets will keep juries engaged and speed up cases.
Mental health care in Los Angeles County jails is so inadequate that it's unconstitutional, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
The "neighborhood prosecutors" will be based at police stations and work on issues like graffiti, illegal dumping and prostitution.
The Los Angeles Police Department is getting two free drones from Seattle police whose residents refuse to allow its police department to use them.
The California Supreme Court has ruled that law enforcement agencies cannot conceal the names of officers involved in police shootings.
Boasting about low crime, Charlie Beck has officially submitted his letter asking for a second five-year term as police chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The two officers fired more than 25 rounds at a man they thought fired at them. But the department's inspector general doubts that was the case.
Gang banging in the neighborhood has at least partly moved to "Internet-banging" says one professor at L.A. gang violence conference.