Crime & Justice

Police look for suspect who beat homeless man with a skateboard

San Diego police described the suspect as a white male in his late teens to early 20s, about six feet tall.

Court overturns $4M jury award to LAPD officers

The court said the officers failed to prove Chief Charlie Beck discriminated against them because they were Latino and the man one of them shot was black.

Cops in LA, San Bernardino counties top list of police shootings

New data from the California Department of Justice, show big differences in the rates of police shootings across the state. Ventura County reported the lowest rate.

Sheriff's deputy allegedly raped female inmates

Giancarlo Scotti, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting the women in the early morning hours after getting the women alone somewhere inside the lockup.

5 ways being a 'sanctuary state' wouldn't change much

Touted as "landmark" legislation, the bill falls short of what its author, State Sen. Kevin de Leon, and immigrant rights advocates had hoped for.

Summer brought a drop in murder rates for Los Angeles

The total number of homicides over June, July and August dipped to 59, which is much lower than the typical rate for the summer months, which recently has totaled in the 70s or 80s.

​Berkeley loosens rules on police pepper-spraying protesters

The city banned pepper spray in 1997 as a crowd-control weapon, even though most other law enforcement agencies permit officers to use it to disperse violent crowds.

LAPD cadet scandal rooted in poor supervision, report says

The L.A. Police Commission's inspector general found lax oversight of crucial equipment, including shotguns, tasers and the keys to squad cars.

Amber Alert cancelled after mom, boys found OK in SoCal

New Mexico authorities said late Sunday that detectives are investigating the disappearance of Laria Anderson and the boys, which led to the Amber Alert.

Orange County to police homeless encampments

Orange County is increasing law enforcement in and around the homeless encampments that line the Santa Ana River in an effort to cut down on crime.

DACA recipients worry what the government will do with their private information

Young immigrants gave the government information like addresses, photos and fingerprints. They worry it could be used against them.

Huntington Beach officers wounded by friendly fire

Bullet wounds suffered by two officers responding to a report of a man with a knife were the result of gunfire between the officers.

Data from 143 million social security numbers exposed in Equifax hack

The Atlanta-based company said Thursday that "criminals" exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

Youngest Manson disciple Leslie Van Houten granted parole — again

Van Houten, who was 19 when she killed for Manson during a series of murders that terrorized Los Angeles over the summer of 1969, appeared before a parole panel for the 21st time.

Uptick in tailgate thefts reported in Burbank

"We had six reported in about a nine-day period, which is pretty significant," Green said. "Most of them were Toyota pickup trucks. We also had one stolen from a Ford F-150."

'Cuz': How LA's car theft spree and silence led to a man's death

In her new memoir "Cuz," author and Harvard professor Danielle Allen asks why her cousin was murdered — and the answer lies in the history of L.A.'s criminal justice system