Crime & Justice

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Officers who shot Ezell Ford will not be charged criminally


The Los Angeles District Attorney's office determined Tuesday that officers who shot Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles in 2014 will not be charged criminally.


Judge tosses murder conviction of man jailed for 11 years

A Los Angeles judge has thrown out the murder conviction of former security guard Raymond Lee Jennings, convicted of killing a college student, ruling that new evidence seems to undermine the prosecution's case.

App Car Service Startups Continue To Irk Traditional Cab Companies And Regulators

Uber pays $20 million to settle claims of driver deception

The agreement announced Thursday settled allegations that Uber duped people into driving for its service with false promises about how much they would earn.

New video raises questions about fatal Fontana police shooting

Fontana police say James Hall - who had schizophrenia and was legally blind - advanced on officers before they fired, but the video does not show him advancing.

Mexico says drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman extradited to US

The convicted Sinaloa cartel boss has been held most recently in a prison near the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Ex-LA Coliseum general manager gets probation in scandal

County prosecutors say Wednesday's sentencing comes five years after Patrick Lynch pleaded guilty to one felony count of conflict of interest five years ago.

Orange County DA clears CHP officers in fatal shooting

The CHP officers fatally shot Pedro Villanueva as he drove his truck towards them. The practice of shooting at moving cars has been banned by the LAPD and LA Sheriff's Department unless there is no other way to escape.

As a new administration moves in, will our policing debate get uglier?

Scathing federal reports on police abuses, new polls showing cops are divided on matters of race, and a controversial Justice Department nominee all raise the specter of more national rancor.

2 people killed in separate police shootings Sunday

Long Beach police said a woman with a knife was shot dead Sunday morning after threatening customers at a Jack in the Box. Another fatal shooting occurred about 12 hours later in Azusa.

Notorious 'pillowcase rapist' loses freedom; re-hospitalized

A judge has ordered a notorious serial rapist who muffled victim's screams with a pillowcase back to a California state mental hospital because he violated terms of his release.

5 accused of helping suspect after LA sergeant's slaying

Sheriff's deputies say Sgt. Steve Owen was shot in October by 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell, who then pumped four more bullets into Owen's body as he lay on the ground.

Takata pleads guilty, to pay $1B for hiding air bag defect

Takata air bag inflators can explode with too much force, spewing metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 16 people have been killed worldwide and more than 180 injured.

Sheriff launches first police drones in LA County

Across California, 30 police agencies use drones to gather intelligence on barricaded suspects and in search and rescue operations. Privacy concerns remain.

Plan for LAPD civilian discipline panels moves forward

The union that represents nearly 10,000 rank and file LAPD backs the proposal, which would create all-civilian panels to review police misconduct. Studies show civilians are more lenient with cops.

Police say high-profile fatalities, protests have made their jobs harder

Pew surveyed nearly 8,000 officers. Among other things, the group asked about recent killings of black civilians by police and the protests that followed. Officers said they now feel less safe.

Grand juries can probe police shootings, California court says

A California appeals court has tossed out a law that sought more transparency by banning grand juries, which meet in secret, from determining whether police officers involved in fatal shootings should face criminal charges.