Crime & Justice

Police K9 killed, suspect shot after standoff

The San Jacinto Police K9 was shot while searching for a suspect, who was himself later killed after a standoff with law enforcement officers.

How to improve police relations: Eat a donut with a cop

A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.

3 sought who shouted slurs, punched man in West Hollywood

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the victim was crossing Santa Monica Boulevard when men inside a car began shouting at him.

Da Vinci fire: $170K reward offered in probe of downtown LA fire

Carlos Canino with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says it's the largest reward he's seen in 25 years with the bureau.

Second mistrial in Halloween killing of Los Angeles boy

It was the second time a jury has deadlocked on the case of 25-year-old Leonard Hall Jr., a reputed gang member who was charged with killing a 5-year-old boy in 2010.

Los Angeles DA targets gangs sex trafficking young girls

District Attorney Jackie Lacey said Tuesday that commercial sex trafficking is now the fastest-growing trend amongLos Angeles County gangs.

Supreme Court rules for bearded Muslim inmate

The justices said that inmate Gregory Holt could maintain a half-inch beard because Arkansas prison officials could not substantiate claims that the beard posed a security risk.

5 views of LAPD community policing strategies

Five people directly involved with community policing in Los Angeles offer their views on how far the LAPD has come. Despite improved relations, deadly encounters with unarmed civilians continue.

LA Sheriff: Deputy misconduct data will be public

Sheriff Jim McDonnell says his department will post statistics on use of force, citizen complaints and deputies disciplined for misconduct - but won't name officers.

Homeless man recovering after being set ablaze in Ventura

Police say a 58 year-old homeless man is recovering at a USC hospital after being set on fire while sleeping near a beach in Ventura. A passerby used sand to put out the fire before calling police.

Armed man dies after confrontation with LA police officers

An armed man is dead following a confrontation with police officers in downtown Los Angeles.

SoCal law enforcement biggest spenders of Californians' seized assets, data show

California law enforcement agencies spent more than $400 million in proceeds from property and cash seized through the program.

Teens to face murder trial in killing of Chinese USC student

Prosecutors say the teens killed Xinran Ji during an attempted robbery July 24 as he walked home from a late-night study session at the University of Southern California campus.

Team charged with structuring LA Sheriffs watchdog commission to meet

County supervisors appoint five people to a working group that will decide the size, scope and authority of future Citizens Oversight Commission

Man in California pension fraud appears to have killed himself

A defendant in a bribery scandal involving the nation's largest public pensionfund appears to have shot and killed himself at a Nevada gun club.

Officials seize alligator, 2 dead cats in box in LA backyard

Animal control officers say they have seized an 8-foot alligator in a boxwith two dead cats in a suburban Los Angeles backyard.