Crime & Justice

California State Senator Ricardo Lara

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Bill closing sexual consent loophole heads to Gov. Brown's desk

Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced SB 14 after KPCC revealed a loophole that allows defendants in civil cases to argue that minors can consent to sex with adults.


Ezell Ford shooting: Chief Beck must answer questions, judge rules

Magistrate Judge Margaret Nagle ruled that LAPD Chief Charlie Beck will have to answer questions from the attorney representing Ford's parents in a deposition.

Suspect arrested after hours-long standoff in Bell Gardens

A sheriff's SWAT team has arrested a man who holed up in his Bell Gardens residence for several hours after officers tried to serve an attempted-murder warrant.

Deputy fatally shoots suspected prowler in Hawaiian Gardens

Deputies were responding to a call about a man knocking on a resident’s door and trying to get in, according to officials. No weapon was found.

Woman shot to death on residential Hollywood street

Officials say a woman walking with her boyfriend in Hollywood Sunday night was shot and killed by a man who opened fire with a shotgun.

LAPD to retrain all officers in 'de-escalation'

In light of public concern over police shootings, all 10,000 officers will be trained on de-escalating confrontations and approaching the mentally ill.

Police kill 3 men in 2 days in Southern California

The fatal officer-involved shootings happened in West Covina, Lancaster and San Diego.

LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

Voynov, 25, was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday and was also placed on probation for three years for misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse.

4 reasons to take the Fourth of July terror threat seriously

A terror warning was recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI for the Fourth of July holiday. Here's what experts say is behind the threat.

One woman's story of falling in with OC's 'ticket fixer'

Anaid Antunez had never gotten a ticket before. She wanted to make her DUI go away. She found a man through Craigslist who would do it — for a price.

Somebody is cutting Internet cables in California

There have been at least 11 attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year, according to the FBI. The most recent occurred Tuesday and disrupted service as far north as Seattle.

Family sues after Cal State Northridge frat pledge died on hazing hike

Armando Villa, who attended California State University, Northridge, died a year ago Wednesday after he collapsed during an 18-mile hike organized by Pi Kappa Phi.

Ex-state senator pleads guilty to racketeering in SF Chinatown case

Ex-Sen. Leland Yee entered the plea on Wednesday and could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

DA wants death penalty in slaying of McStay family

District Attorney Mike Ramos filed notice Monday in San Bernardino County Superior Court in the case against Charles Ray Merritt, who is being held without bail.

Los Angeles prosecutor sets up unit to investigate innocence

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Monday that the conviction review unit will join nearly two dozen other prosecutors' offices nationwide that review claims of innocence.

5 things cops and their communities can learn from each other

Last week, NPR's Michel Martin hosted a panel of LAPD officers, community leaders and activists to discuss policing in their communities. See our summary of the event.