Crime & Justice

Audit: Attorney discipline falls short at California bar

As the state bar scurried to settle more than 5,100 backlogged complaints in 2010 and 2011, the severity of discipline imposed against attorneys decreased.

Military's use of social security numbers leave vets vulnerable

In the military your nine-digit service ID number is used for everything, whether you're checking out gym equipment or picking up your laundry.

California Highway Patrol to test body cameras next year

The CHP would draft a policy by Jan. 1, then a sampling of officers would begin testing the cameras next year in four areas of the state.

Marine guilty of murder of Iraqi civilian

A military jury has found Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III guilty of murder in the retrial of a major Iraq war-crimes case involving the 2006 killing of a retired Iraqi policeman.

Beck: Police need more leeway to explain disciplinary decisions

Police departments should have "greater leeway" for disclosing the disciplinary measures meted out against officers, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday.

Lawsuit filed over Santa Ana pot shop raid (updated)

The suit claims officers used excessive force and caused more than $100,000 in property damage to Sky High Holistics.

Sharper pleads guilty to rape, finishes multistate plea deal

This was the last of a series of pleas in four states that will see Sharper serve at least nine years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting women. He was first arrested in L.A. in January 2014.

Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty, Colorado court rules

The case has big implications for employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.

Relatives: Man tied to Dallas shooting was mentally unstable

The man linked to a shooting outside Dallas police headquarters showed signs of mental instability for years, according to authorities and family members.

Police commission VP calls on LAPD to update training

L.A. Police Commission Vice President Paula Madison defended the recent ruling that an officer acted out of policy in the shooting death of Ezell Ford.

New gun blamed for rise in LA County deputy shootings

The number of accidental shootings by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has more than doubled in two years as the department switches to a new handgun.

Suspect killed after attack on Dallas police HQ (updated)

A man planted pipe bombs outside of Dallas' police headquarters early Saturday before opening fire on the building. Police have confirmed the suspect's death.

Tamir Rice Borrowed Pellet Gun From Friend, says prosecutor

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor said he released the report because transparency is necessary "for an intelligent discussion of the important issues raised by this case."

The violence subsides, and revelers return to Juarez

The once-thriving nightlife in the Mexican border town ground to a halt a few years back, but partiers are venturing out again.

Santa Ana police probe officers' actions in pot shop raid

A video purports to show officers after the raid making demeaning remarks about a disabled female customer, eating the dispensary's products, and throwing darts.

Ex-LADWP employee charged with embezzling $4 million

Thatcus Carl Richard, 64, of Moreno Valley was arrested Wednesday and is charged with 27 counts that include conflict of interest, public officer crime and embezzlement.