Crime & Justice

Data from 143 million social security numbers exposed in Equifax hack

The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

Youngest Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten granted parole — again

Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, appeared before a parole panel for the 21st time.

Uptick in tailgate thefts reported in Burbank

"We had six reported in about a nine-day period, which is pretty significant," Green said. "Most of them were Toyota pickup trucks. We also had one stolen from a Ford F-150."

'Cuz': How LA's car theft spree and silence led to a man's death

In her new memoir "Cuz," author and Harvard professor Danielle Allen asks why her cousin was murdered — and the answer lies in the history of L.A.'s criminal justice system

Highway patrol officer kills man at Reagan office building

A man was shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer after walking into an office building with a bag over his hands and ordering employees to get on the ground, authorities say.

LA Dreamers rebuke Trump administration for ending DACA

Hundreds of DACA supporters attend rallies in downtown Los Angeles after the Trump administration announces it will be killed in six months.

LA sheriff's body cam plan would permit release of some video

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants the Board of Supervisors to approve a $55 million-a-year plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras.

The public will get to see police license plate data

The California Supreme Court said the massive amounts of data collected by license plate reader programs cannot be kept secret by police.

Former undersheriff loses corruption appeal

Paul Tanaka was sentenced in 2016 to five years in prison after being convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Former Compton mayor gets probation in corruption case

Los Angeles County prosecutors said he used thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds for personal expenses including golf shoes, cigars and pricey hotel stays.

Family blames Whittier police for mentally ill man's death

Jonathan Salcido's family is filing a legal claim, alleging officers "brutally killed" him after his mother sought help getting him to a psychiatric hospital.

An 8-bit game shows the bail system's real consequences

"Bail Trap" is an 8-bit video game designed to illustrate how people who have less money are disproportionately disadvantaged by California’s money bail system.

LAPD says no to more military hardware from Trump administration

The Trump administration Monday lifted President Obama's restrictions on which military surplus police and sheriffs can receive. The L.A. Sheriff is mulling his options.

​Friend to testify in multimillionaire Durst's murder case

Prosecutors plan to question Stewart Altman, who went to high school with Durst in Long Island, New York. Durst is facing murder charges in the 2000 killing of one of his closest friends, Susan Berman. He has pleaded not guilty.

Is California on the verge of bail reform?

With Gov. Brown throwing his weight behind "cost-effective and fair" reform, advocates hope to change a system that they say discriminates against poorer defendants.

Hate crimes are up in L.A.

The first half of this year saw a significant rise over the same period last year — including violent hate crimes.