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
Members of the police commission want to know why officers are rarely disciplined, despite hundreds of complaints filed annually.
Los Angeles authorities allege a driver intentionally crashed his SUV into an LAPD patrol car Saturday in order to help a friend police were following. One officer died.
A inmate with mental health issues sued the L.A. County Sheriff's Department alleging jail deputies beat him in 2009. The deputies already face criminal charges.
Since her election as District Attorney, Jackie Lacey has staked out diverting mentally ill out of the criminal justice system as one of her top priorities.
Body cameras attached to officers' shirt collars or sunglasses tend to fall off easily during rigorous movement; more testing is scheduled.
A report released Monday by a police research group highlighted communication, management and self-deployment problems among Southern California law enforcement agencies.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that an NBA investigation confirmed that it was Clippers owner Donald Sterling's voice on two recordings featuring racist rants.
A report by a national policing policy research organization finds local law enforcement lacks the resources and training to prevent and investigate cybercrime cases.
A social media frenzy that began with the NYPD asking people to share friendly police photos on Twitter surfed its way to Southern California with people sharing photos of LAPD in aggressive arrests.
Suspect Daniel Yealu, 29, died early Thursday morning at a hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds. He was accused of firing at two officers inside an LAPD station lobby in Mid-City on April 7.
Prosecutors say two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies planted guns to justify arrests at a medical marijuana dispensary in 2011. Read a copy of the complaint.
The LAPD is reviewing security at the front desks of police stations after a gunman opened fire two weeks ago inside the lobby of a Mid-City station, wounding one officer.
The police commission grilled LAPD command staff on why no one was held accountable for tampering with in-car video cameras. LAPD commanders said they have new protocols to fix the problem.
Two families whose loved ones were fatally shot by Long Beach police last year took legal action against the city, arguing the killings were unjustified. It comes as officer-involved shootings spiked in the city.
The LAX police officers union issued a statement Friday calling for immediate changes. LAX said it's reviewing the audit.