Crime & Justice

Too frequent and too dangerous: Police chases slammed by LA grand jury

A report by the L.A. County Grand Jury criticizes police pursuits, arguing that chasing non-violent criminals is not worth the risk of deaths and injuries to bystanders.

Woman arrested for false kidnapping report sparking Amber Alert

Los Angeles police have arrested a woman accused of falsely reporting she was carjacked and that a 16-year-old was kidnapped, which prompted an Amber Alert.

Trump travel ban hits refugee admissions

After Wednesday, refugees will need to prove a bona fide relationship with a close family member or a U.S. entity to enter the country.

2 shootings by LA sheriffs could cost county $5M

The proposed payouts come amid increased concerns about how much L.A. County pays to the families of people shot or otherwise harmed by sheriff's deputies.

​Fugitive Los Angeles hospital worker caught after 11 years

Police said in a statement Wednesday that 48-year-old Ramon Gaspar was arrested and extradited to Southern California on June 26.

OC sheriff acknowledges informant use in county jails

Sheriff Sandra Hutchens conceded in testimony that jail deputies used confidential informants to elicit incriminating statements from defendants.

LA sheriff seeks public input on drones

In January, the department became the first local law enforcement agency to deploy a drone. Now it wants your opinion on its use. It's taking comments through July 13.

OC sheriff to testify in jailhouse snitch scandal

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens will testify Wednesday in a hearing aimed at determining who knew how much about the improper use of jailhouse informants.

Rejecting the boot camp approach at LA's new juvenile probation facility

The L.A. County Probation Department has re-opened Camp Kilpatrick as Campus Kilpatrick - an effort to emphasize learning and rehabilitation.

California hate crimes up; blacks, Jews, gay men targets

The number of hate crimes in California increased about 11 percent last year, the second consecutive double-digit increase, but was still a third lower than a decade ago.

South Pasadena man pleads not guilty in 5-year-old son's murder

Authorities say homicide detectives discovered the remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. near Lake Cachuma on June 30. The boy had been missing for more than two months.

Missing South Pasadena boy's remains found

Homicide detectives say they have found the remains of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., who went missing more than two months ago.

Justice Neil Gorsuch votes 100 percent of the time with most conservative colleague

Justices Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas agreed on cases involving several hotly contested issues, including same-sex marriage, gun rights, immigration and taxpayer aid to religious schools.

Fyre Festival organizer arrested for fraud

Billy McFarland of the failed Bahamas music festival has been accused of bilking investors out of $1.2 million.

Mexican Mafia ordered hits inside LA County jails, FBI says

The state’s most violent prison gang may be a bigger presence in county jails in the wake of California's effort to reduce its prison population.

LAPD SWAT officer recovering after being shot in pursuit

An officer who was shot while pursuing a homicide suspect is expected to make a full recovery, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.