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.

Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at eaguilar@scpr.org.


Stories by Erika Aguilar

Violent crime down in LA County despite weekend spike in violence

Ten people were shot or stabbed to death over the weekend in LA County, during a time when law enforcement officials say statistics show violent crime is down.

UPDATE: Brown signs bill increasing online privacy for minors

A new law requires websites and other services aimed at minors to offer young web users an option to delete or remove the information they post.

LAPD cops could soon test lapel body cameras

City officials want the LAPD to test lapel or on-body cameras as a way to reduce complaints, minimize litigation risk and augment field tactics.

UPDATED: Neighbors grieve death of South LA store clerk

The Happy Bargain 99 Cents store clerk was a mother of five children. A makeshift memorial has been set up in front of the store at 74th and Broadway.

LA County man accused of anti-Muslim film set to be released

The man accused of making an anti-Muslim film and who was imprisoned for probation violations after the attacks on the US Consulate in Libya will be free at the end of the month.

California state bill would expand expungements for ex-cons

A state bill up for final vote could give jail inmates sentenced under realignment a chance to ask a judge to expunge their conviction.

Echo Park's neighborhood council rejects proposed gang injunction; will it sway the judge?

Erika Aguilar updates us on the gang injunction proposed for Echo Park, the rapidly gentrifying LA neighborhood.

Neighborhood council group opposes Echo Park gang injunction

The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council voted Tuesday not to support the city's proposed gang injunction for the Echo Park area.

Outgoing LA police commissioners make room for new appointees

The L.A. Police Commission met for the last time as a group Tuesday since Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new appointees for the civilian police oversight board.

Echo Park residents debate the looming gang injunction

A judge has given preliminary approval to a gang injunction in Echo Park. The LAPD says it's another crime fighting tool. Some residents fear it will tear apart families in the neighborhood.

MAP: Proposed Echo Park gang injunction moves forward (updated)

An L.A. Superior Court judge Wednesday gave the city permission to move forward with a gang injunction that would cover most of Echo Park and parts of Silver Lake.

City calls South LA home a 'gang hangout,' seeks order to clean it up

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has sued the owners of a South LA house to force them to improve the property and to keep alleged gang members from gathering there.

Lancaster couple gets $4 million for deputy involved shooting

A Lancaster couple shot 15 times by LA Sheriff's deputies in 2010 during a botched search for a parolee was awarded approximately $4 million Tuesday.

Judge stops LAPD impound policy; says it conflicts with state law

A judge ruled LAPD's relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers conflicts with a state law that allows vehicles to be impounded. The ACLU and others say the law unfairly punishes undocumented immigrants without licenses.

Feds: Mexican Mafia sought 'merger' with drug cartel, LA gangs

Dozens of alleged gang members were among those indicted in federal court and accused of working on a "merger" between a Mexican drug cartel and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.