Crime & Justice

LA sues Boyle Heights site of massive trash pile

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office contends the pile, which weighs 22 million pounds and is at least two stories high, poses a public threat, citing a fire there that burned for six weeks.

State to investigate Kern County, Bakersfield policing

The most recent controversial shooting occurred earlier this month when a Bakersfield police officer killed Francisco Serna, 73.

Timeline: Sheriff Lee Baca's rise and fall

After several scandal-plagued years that included investigations into Sheriff's Department hiring practices, personnel probes, and an FBI probe into deputy-monitored jails, the embattled sheriff stepped down. We take a look back at Baca's history in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and his rise and fall as sheriff, plus what's happened since.

What if you had to prove you were American?

An NPR analysis of public records found that in an eight-year period, some 1,500 people who were held by immigration turned out to be Americans.

Jury deadlocks on obstruction of justice case against former Sheriff Baca

Panel told lawyers they split 11-1 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors must decide whether to retry Baca to attempt to prove a jail abuse cover-up went all the way to the top.

Robert Durst is a danger to witnesses, DA says

The deputy DA cited Robert Durst's $100 million worth and allegations that he knocked off his best friend, a witness in the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife.

Former Antelope Valley High student arrested in plot to attack students

Former Antelope Valley High School student Diavauni James Crooms, 18, was arrested on suspicion of plotting to acquire weapons and attack students.

Kern County school district's gun policy leaves some uneasy

Groups are urging the Kern High School District board to reverse recent votes allowing teachers and nonstaff to carry guns into the classroom.

Border Patrol seizes more than $3M from cars headed to Mexico

The cash was found Tuesday inside two cars in Escondido. It's the largest cash seizure ever made by the Border Patrol in San Diego County.

Death sentences, executions down, but voters still support death penalty

In 2016, 30 people were sentenced to death in America, and 20 people were executed. Both numbers are the lowest in decades, but voters in three states also voted to keep execution on the books.

Hemet Police shoot, kill suspect following chase

Early Tuesday morning, an officer-involved shooting left a suspect dead in the unincorporated area of East Hemet following a chase. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

California Supreme Court halts death penalty measure Prop 66

The California Supreme Court has halted implementation of a voter-approved measure intended to speed up the appeals process for Death Row inmates.

San Francisco mayor names LAPD veteran as police chief

San Francisco appointed a deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, William Scott, to head the city police department Tuesday as it deals with a number of racially charged issues.

Truck driver fatigue cited in Oxnard Metrolink crash

The February 2015 crash killed the engineer and injured 32 passengers and train crew members. The driver had been on duty for nearly 24 hours, according to the NTSB's final report.

Fate of former LA County Sheriff Baca now in jury's hands

In closing arguments, a prosecutor told the jury they must “police the police" and find Baca guilty. The defense says prosecutors are distorting the truth.

Brock Turner judge cleared of misconduct

Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Stanford University student Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman. The state judicial discipline agency found no evidence of sentencing bias.