Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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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.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

FBI joins investigation into McDade shooting by police

FBI investigators will join the investigation into the Pasadena Police shooting of an unarmed black man on a Saturday almost two weeks back.

Investigation begins into police shooting of Kendrec McDade

Los Angeles County’s Office of Independent Review has begun to examine a recent Pasadena police shooting of unarmed 19-year-old black man Kendrec McDade.

The police shooting of Kendrec McDade: The timeline of events

A 911 call misled police to believe 19-year old unarmed black man Kendrec McDade had a gun, leading to police shooting and killing him. Here's how it played out.

Family files suit against Pasadena police over McDade's death

A lawsuit against Pasadena and its police department alleges civil rights violations and wrongful death.

McDade 911 caller undocumented, released pending investigation

Pasadena police handed the caller whose call led to police shooting an unarmed teen over to immigration, but he's now been released pending criminal proceedings.

911 caller accused of lying to Pasadena police in US illegally

The 911 caller accused of making a false armed robbery report to Pasadena police is in the country illegally, ICE officials said Monday.

Police didn't use lights or sirens in teen's shooting death

The two Pasadena police officers who shot and killed Kendrec McDade did not have their patrol car lights or sirens on when they approached the unarmed teen.

Police defend officer who shot unarmed black teen

Police say a false report of an armed robbery is partly to blame for a cop shooting and killing an unarmed teen.

Police arrest 911 caller after shooting of unarmed teen

Police arrested the 911 caller who reported the alleged armed robbery that led to 19-year-old Kendrec Lavelle McDade being killed by police.

Pasadena police shooting of unarmed black man being investigated

An L.A. law enforcement oversight group is investigating a Pasadena police shooting that killed an unarmed black man when he went to reach for his waistband.

Parks criticizes handling of Trayvon Martin shooting

Councilman Parks has joined the chorus of those who say they’ve waited too long for an arrest in the death of a black 17-year-old in Florida.

Trayvon Martin supporters march in downtown LA

A rally dubbed the "Million Hoodie March,was held in downtown L.A. Monday in support of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black man who was shot and killed in Florida.

Pope Benedict XVI visits Mexico, denounces drug violence

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Mexico Friday for a weekend visit to the historically Catholic country. The Pope denounced the country's drug-related violence.

Leimert Park crowd rallies against shooting of Florida teen

Protesters rallied at South L.A.'s Leimert Park Thursday night, calling for the arrest of the man who shot and killed a 17-year-old black teenager in Florida.

Mexico gets a visit from a pope for 1st time in a decade

The pope arrives in Mexico Friday. It's been a decade since any pope has visited the Catholic-dominated country. He'll visit one of Mexico's most conservative states.