Crime & Justice

LA County launches task force to combat human trafficking

The Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force brings together local law enforcement, state and federal prosecutors and community organizations.

Officer Involved: police relations differ in 2 neighborhoods

Some people act the way they do around the police because of past experience. In Beverly Grove, people shared positive feelings. In Watts, it's a different story.

SoCal counties face lawsuit over excessive phone rates in jails

A class action lawsuit filed Thursday challenges the rates that inmates in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside county jails are charged for telephone calls.

Officer Involved: Get the data behind the stories

The data cover details on why police shot 375 people in L.A. County. It's the first publicly available dataset of its kind in Southern California.

3 arrested in murder of Downey police officer

Officer Ricardo Galvez was fatally shot at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apparent "botched robbery." Three suspects, including one juvenile, are in custody.

Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle gets more than 15 years in prison

The 38-year-old Fogle admitted paying for sex with girls as young as 16 and receiving child pornography produced by his charitable foundation's former director.

Meaty story: 450 illegal pork tamales seized at LAX

Search turns up cache of individually wrapped tamales in luggage of traveler from Mexico. Official says bringing in the traditional holiday treats violated federal regulations on importing meat.

Military gear recall has little impact on local police

An effort by President Barack Obama to recall military gear from police departments has barely touched the thousands of pieces of equipment held by police in Southern California.

Officer Involved: Why this cop was prosecuted for a shooting

The last time an L.A. officer was charged for an on-duty shooting was 15 years ago. What makes it different from hundreds of other cases?

Former DA calls for changes in how LA County investigates police shootings

Former District Attorney Gil Garcetti told AirTalk’s Larry Mantle he feels the attorney general, rather than the district attorney, should investigate incidents in which an officer fires on civilians.

McDade shooting investigation released after legal battle

After years of legal wrangling, a report on the investigation into Kendrec McDade's death was made public Tuesday. The Pasadena man was shot by police in 2012.

Supreme Court won't take up case over Planned Parenthood documents

Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia voted to hear the case over whether documents from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England should be turned over to an anti-abortion group.

56 arrested during Highland gang sweep

The department says the action Friday was an effort to identify and document gang members and prospects and curb gang-related crime in the city.

LA law enforcement officials weigh-in on transparency, body cams

A KPCC investigation revealed that officers shot 375 people between 2010 and 2014. No officers have been prosecuted for any of those shootings.

Police: Man punches 'NCIS' actress near her Hollywood home

Pauley Perrette says she was "alone, terrified and trapped" when a man attacked her and threatened to kill her as she walked in front of her home.

LAPD union says 'Preservation of Life' award will endanger cops

Police union leaders warn Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's effort to encourage less use of force could lead to officer deaths.