Crime & Justice

Can body cameras 'civilize' police encounters?

Police in Ferguson, Mo., started wearing video cameras this week. What effect do they have on behavior? A criminologist reviews the (preliminary) evidence.

2 wounded in car-to-car shooting in South LA

Police say a 17-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man were fired upon as they drove near 84th Street and Vermont Avenue Wednesday evening.

Los Angeles-area kidnapping story false, police say

Azusa police had initially said the boy was walking home from a Labor Day family gathering when he fought off a man who tried to pull him inside a van.

'Gun violence restraining order' bill on Gov. Brown's desk

AB 1014 would permit the confiscation of weapons from someone deemed by a judge to be an immediate threat to himself or others.

Judge orders report on McDade police shooting sealed for now

A judge has ordered the city of Pasadena to keep an independent review of the 2012 police shooting of Kendrec McDade concealed until another hearing can be held.

Emailed hoax bomb, shooting threat shuts Orange County high school (updated)

The email, traced to a student, said there were hidden explosives on campus and that the student would come Wednesday to shoot and kill any surviving students.

'Midnight Rider' crew denied track access before crash, CSX says

Lawsuits have been filed against CSX and the film's producers by the parents of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant killed in a train collision during filming, and two injured crew members.

Convicted sex offender charged in rape case

A convicted sex offender has been charged with posing as an undercover police officer and raping a woman in Torrance.

Some accused of campus assault say the system works against them

Young men in colleges across the country say they're being falsely accused of campus sexual assault and treated unfairly in a rush to judgment.

Calif. Sen. Rod Wright to be sentenced in perjury case

Prosecutors want Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted of lying about his legal residence, to serve six months in jail or home confinement.

Abandoned van dog death lands Los Angeles man in prison

A Los Angeles man accused of leaving a dog to die from the heat inside an abandoned stolen van has been sentenced to more than a year in state prison.

Should local police get the military's extra armored trucks?

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. These huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

LAPD inspector general struggles to find witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The shooting sparked protests outside LAPD headquarters by people who said it was another case of excessive use of force. But witnesses are scarce, says the inspector general.

Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders

A man who authorities believe strangled dozens of women as he moved from place to place around the country was convicted Tuesday of three 1980s murders in Los Angeles.

California Superior Court judges censured for sexual misconduct, other behavior

Orange County Superior Court Judge Scott Steiner and Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward will remain on the bench despite the censures.

4 killed, several injured in a series of South LA shootings (updated)

Homicide investigators believe some of the shootings may be gang related but have not yet linked the incidents.