Crime & Justice

Louisiana theater shooting: Gunman's family called him mentally ill, violent

A judge granted the family of John Russel Houser a petition to have him involuntarily committed to a hospital as "a danger to himself and others," according to court documents from 2008.

'Almost another dead black male': Remembering a traffic stop that got ugly

In this StoryCorps video, Alex Landau, who is black, recalls what happened after cops pulled him over one night: blows to his face that took 45 stitches to close up, and a gun held to his head.

3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman, official says

A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Louisiana on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring at least seven others before shooting himself, officials said.

Commission demands more teeth for Sheriff's Dept watchdog

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to create the commission in the wake of a series of jail beatings and other scandals that prompted an FBI investigation and numerous indictments.

Orange County seeks a new model for sheriff oversight

Orange County supervisors say the current oversight model isn't independent enough. They want a new one but aren't sure what's best.

LA Sheriff plans dramatic expansion of mental health policing

The department looks to essentially replicate a mental health unit in the LAPD that has become an international model.

Sandra Bland's autopsy revealed no evidence of homicide, prosecutor says

The autopsy of a woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she died in a violent homicide, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies: Retired LAPD detective is 'Snowbird Bandit'

Seventy-year-old Randolph Bruce Adair was arrested Wednesday in Rancho Santa Margarita in connection with five Orange County robberies this year.

LAPD officer sentenced for assaulting suspect who later died

Officer Mary O’Callaghan, 50, was convicted last month for assault under color of authority for pushing, shoving and kicking Alesia Thomas during her arrest.

Woman who lifted baton during police shooting faces charges

A woman who picked up a nightstick dropped by an officer during a shooting in Skid Row could face 25 years to life in prison.

Bill Cosby handed legal setback in sexual assault claim from 1974

The California Supreme Court denied the comedian's petition to review a lawsuit brought by a woman who says he molested her when she was 15.

Charleston shooting: Federal charges including hate crimes for accused shooter

Dylann Roof was indicted Wednesday on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes, firearms violations and obstructing the practice of religion.

District attorney releases plan for reducing mentally ill in jail

L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey wants to reduce the number of mentally ill behind bars. Her plan calls for special training for all law enforcement officials.

FBI: Too early to tell if Chattanooga shooter was radicalized

The bureau says it's treating Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez as a "homegrown violent extremist." Abdulazeez attacked two military facilities last week and killed five service members.

Sandra Bland: Texas authorities deny editing video of arrest

The dash cam shows police trying to remove Sandra Bland from her car after a minor traffic infraction. Officials say FBI agents examined the camera to ensure the video's integrity.

Bill Cosby's lawyers blast media over reports he drugged, assaulted women

The lawyers also asked a court to keep confidential the details of Cosby's settlement with a Temple University employee who alleged he sexually abused her.