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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.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
The shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marqintan Sandlin, 32, in Inglewood sparked angry protests and left questions that remain unanswered.
The case involves a Lancaster couple shot as sheriff's deputies were looking for a parolee. The ruling makes it harder to sue when officers shoot the wrong person.
L.A. County sheriff's deputies opened fire on John Berry as he slowly backed his car towards them. The 31-year-old was unarmed and having a schizophrenic episode.
The Civilian Oversight Commission voted unanimously to urge the sheriff to release a wide swath of data, including narratives describing deputy-involved shootings.
Now that LA voters have decided they want more civilians on LAPD discipline panels by passing Measure C, the city council must figure out the details of how that will work.
The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.
Activists want LAPD's nearly 40-year-old directive against arrests made solely for immigrations violations amended in the face of a federal crackdown on those here illegally.
The commission hopes to allay fears the LAPD is working with federal immigration authorities. Some advocates say the department remains too close to ICE.
A federal judge sentenced former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to three years in prison in the jail abuse scandal. The sentence is less than federal guidelines recommend but more than what prosecutors sought.
Ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, 74, will serve three years in federal prison following his conviction in March for obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.
The report says insurers reap big profits while assuming very little risk for the $14 billion in bonds issued in the U.S. each year.
Activist Greg Akili claims officers wrongfully arrested him while he exercised his right to free speech by "upsetting and disrupting" a police commission meeting.
Still, more than 20 percent of officers in the West Bureau are not following all rules regarding the cameras, from uploading video to turning them on when required.
The measure on the May 16 L.A. city ballot would allow an LAPD officer accused of major misconduct to ask that his case be heard by an all-civilian panel.
The law school's team had a remarkable four-week run between March and April, securing the release of three wrongly convicted men. We dissect one of the cases.