Crime & Justice

LAPD to host community meetings on drones

According to information from the LAPD, "the proposed pilot program will be for a period of one year and will be monitored by the Board of Police Commissioners."

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Police kill Montebello man wanted for wife's death

Authorities had been looking for the suspect since his pregnant wife was shot almost two weeks ago.

Edward French, 71, was killed in San Francisco on July 11. One of the murder suspects was arrested two weeks before his death for gun possession and parole violations. The suspect was released based on a "public-safety assessment score" — a computer generated score that helps calculate whether a suspect is a flight risk or likely to return to court.

Did a bail reform algorithm contribute to this man's murder?

The July murder of Ed French is raising concerns about a risk assessment tool used by many county and city courts.

Gov. Brown commutes 9 lengthy prison sentences

Eight who received commutations were from Southern California. The governor said each showed exemplary behavior. They earned degrees, trained rescue dogs or mentored at-risk youth.

Seal Beach shooting victim's husband hopes judge rules out death

The fate of Scott Dekraai, the perpetrator of the 2011 Seal Beach beauty salon massacre, could become clear on Friday. Victims' family members want closure.

5 takeaways from the state crime report

Violent crime ticked up, property crimes fell, and the rate at which cops solved crimes went down, according to the state attorney general's annual report on crime.

At least 13 dead, 100 injured after van strikes crowd in Barcelona

Regional police are describing the deadly incident on Las Ramblas boulevard as a terrorist attack. One suspect has been arrested, police say.

California police use force at a higher rate against blacks, data shows

The state collected police shooting and use of force data for the first time — and found black people are shot at or hurt at triple their proportion of the population.

Auditor calls out CA prison officials for high suicide rate

A lack of leadership and oversight has led to California's high prison suicide rate, the California State Auditor said in a report Thursday.

Killer of Chinese USC grad student sentenced to life without parole

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole for beating to death a University of Southern California graduate student from China who was walking to his off-campus apartment.

LA Police Commission says fatal shooting of Carnell Snell justified

The LAPD killing of Snell sparked angry protests, prompting Chief Charlie Beck to release video of him running with a gun right before he was killed.

Charlottesville: Could it happen in Southern California?

California has had its share of violent clashes involving extremists. Can unrest on the scale of Charlottesville break out here?

After Charlottesville, should we rethink rally legality?

When a rally has the potential to turn into deadly violence, does it still fall under the First Amendment? What role can the government play to prevent violence?

LA officials want public safety review after officer's murder

Los Angele County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn want a Blue Ribbon panel to examine how recent sentencing reforms have affected public safety.

3 arrested in shooting death of Victorville girl

12-year-old Makiya Wells was killed this week when a man walked up to her house and opened fire. The suspects had an ongoing dispute with her mother.

LA sheriffs still have no body camera policy

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of deputies have bought their own cameras.