Crime & Justice

SoCal cities debate the pros and cons of police oversight models

From Anaheim to Los Angeles County, elected officials are weighing which models would best help law enforcement improve its performance and avoid excessive use of force.

Unarmed homeless man shot by LA police had meth, pot in system

Caught on video by a bystander, the shooting of Charly Keunang was viewed by millions and sparked angry protests outside police headquarters in L.A. See his autopsy here.

Prosecutors charge teen with murder in death of 8-year-old

A 15-year-old boy was charged with murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the death of an 8-year-old girl in an artists complex in a California beach town.

Gunman shot by Los Angeles police is identified

The coroner's office says 44-year-old Seth Raines of Los Angeles died last Friday in Studio City. Witnesses say he fired gunshots into the air as he sat near a bank.

Sandra Bland: Texas authorities release more jailhouse video

Officials in Waller County, Texas, said the videos prove many of the conspiracy theories being batted around the web are not true. Bland's death is still being investigated.

Fortifying armed forces recruiting centers might make it harder to recruit

Some worry that fortifying recruiting centers against potential attackers could upset the tone that the armed forces tries to present to potential recruits.

LA Sheriff against subpoena power for civilian overseers

Activists say subpoena power is the only thing that will give a new civilian panel teeth to effectively watchdog the LA County Sheriff's Department.

LA City Council bans high-capacity gun magazines

The city council voted 12–0 to make it a misdemeanor to possess gun magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

NY prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Joyce Mitchell, a tailor shop instructor at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after the elaborately staged June 6 escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

It's unlikely that the sentence will be carried out anytime soon, as a militia in Libya has refused to hand him over to the government for the past four years.

South LA on edge after 9 wounded, 2 killed in weekend shootings

Los Angeles police are trying to determine if there is a connection between a spate of shootings and online posts alleging more gang violence to come.

OC Sheriff: AG informant probe has not questioned my deputies

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said she's "not confident" in the state attorney general's investigation into alleged withholding of evidence regarding jailhouse informants.

The rise of the 'lone wolf' gunman

Domestic terrorism is now one of the biggest threats to public safety in America.

Attorney sentenced in immigration, bank fraud cases

The Los Angeles Times reports Gino Paul Pietro defrauded six defendants and their families by asserting that his investigator could settle their criminal and immigration cases.

Program will wipe records clean for LA-area homeless

The Los Angeles Times says the county-funded program removes citations if the homeless person accepts job training, drug and alcohol treatment or other services and performs community service.

Suspect, victim in Hollywood slaying had financial dispute

Ezeoma Obioha was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder in the July 5 shotgun killing of 31-year-old Carrie Melvin.