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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.
Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.
Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.
Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.
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In an effort to reduce the number of officer involved shootings, LAPD is expected to roll out new "use-of-force" policies. KPCC's Frank Stoltze joins Take Two
The agreement compels the Sheriff's Department to implement a wide range of reforms. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of all such agreements.
A 2015 agreement was designed to reform deputies' behavior after the Justice Department found they had engaged in a pattern of unconstitutional misconduct.
The LA Times reported this week that arrests are way down throughout California.
The move follows a federal investigation of the Sheriff's Department that led to the indictment of numerous deputies and the conviction of former Sheriff Lee Baca.
The LAPD generally prohibits the release of all video from cameras worn by officers and mounted inside patrol cars. The public is invited to suggest policy changes.
After two days of deliberations, a jury found former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty of obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.
The series of deaths worries jail watchdogs, given past documentation of widespread inmate neglect in the jails, which led to federal monitoring.
L.A. County supervisors could change the bail system so that inmates would be released based on their criminal history and risk to the community, not on their ability to pay a set amount.
Immigration agents arrested Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez on Feb. 28, after he dropped one of his daughters off at school. He's been living in the U.S. for 25 years, according to his attorney.
Officer Kevin Ferguson has been on the force less than four years. Meantime, a KPCC analysis found off-duty officers are more likely to be charged with a crime than on-duty cops.
For years, immigration agents have identified themselves as “police” during raids. LA City Attorney Mike Feuer wants them to stop, as President Trump plans more deportations.
Sheriff's detectives accuse Michael Mejia, 26, of killing a 27-year-veteran of the Whittier Police Department and wounding his partner after a traffic call Monday.
Activists worried the agreement could have been used to force Pasadena police to help detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who had committed no crime.
For years, street cart vending was considered a crime punishable by a misdemeanor in the city of LA. Now, the penalty is a $250 ticket. The council moved quickly on the policy change so that vendors wouldn't be exposed to possible deportation.