Frank Stoltze Crime and Politics Reporter
Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.
Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.
Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
LAPD Officer Sharlton Wampler has patrolled the neighborhoods of South LA since at least 2008. He and another officer fatally shot the unarmed Ezell Ford in August.
The LAPD's SAR program is a national model for reporting suspicious activity related to terrorism. But critics say it sweeps up innocent people.
The LAPD Inspector General reviewed a series of shootings over a 30 month period and identified common characteristics in apparent suicide-by-cop cases.
A study commissioned by the mayor is critical of the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruiting process. The agency is half white and nearly entirely male.
A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.
Five people directly involved with community policing in Los Angeles offer their views on how far the LAPD has come. Despite improved relations, deadly encounters with unarmed civilians continue.
The drop in crime in areas patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department stands in contrast to an increase in the LAPD's crime rate.
Nobody immediately announced their candidacy, but political observers say the competition may be intense to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
An attorney for the Ezell Ford family says witnesses dispute the LAPD's account of the fatal shooting of Ford. But none will speak - even to the inspector general.
LAPD officials are frustrated that no witnesses to the shooting will cooperate with them. The Ford family's attorney says the witnesses don't trust the LAPD.
After months of delays, the coroner on Monday released the autopsy report on Ezell Ford, 25. The Ford family was "outraged" by the coroner's report, and small protests were held outside LAPD headquarters and near the shooting site.
Earlier this month, police shot and killed a man in the same block of Hollywood, near the popular Hollywood and Highland shopping mall.
Many of the crimes were minor drug offenses, including simple possession or cultivating marijuana - crime that would not be prosecuted today.
The LAPD's latest class of recruits graduates with black bands over their badges. They'll face renewed debate over race, policing and the use of force.
4 people were killed, including a 6-year-old boy, and 8 were injured when a driver plowed into a group of pedestrians following a Christmas concert Dec. 17