Crime & Justice

Police killings prompt rappers to organize for peace

Snoop Dogg and Compton rapper, The Game, are just the latest artists to use their celebrity to call attention to the rash of police violence.

Search KPCC's analysis of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles County

KPCC used documents from the LA District Atty.'s Office to track the number of people shot by LA County law enforcement during a five-year period.

Family of new LAPD officer: 'In any job, there's danger'

The killing of five Dallas police officers on Thursday night weighed on the minds of many people who came to see their family members and friends graduate from the Police Academy.

Becoming a cop the day after the Dallas shootings

"The eyes of the world are on you. Every camera, every cell phone, is taking your picture. You should not have to have a camera or cell phone to make you do the right thing."

Black Lives Matter attorney: 'The movement will not be distracted'

Los Angeles attorney Nana Gyamfi takes a controversial stance in the wake of the Dallas Police shooting, insisting the killings won't sidetrack black activists.

After sniper attack, how do police move forward?

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and retired police captain Greg Meyer discuss the reaction to Dallas from local law enforcement officials.

4 police officers killed, 7 others wounded by sniper fire in Dallas

Four Dallas law enforcement officers were shot and killed, and seven others and one civilian wounded by two snipers at the end of a march and rally in downtown Dallas.

Sterling, Castile shootings reignite criticism of police

A pair of fatal shootings by police, both with graphic cell phone footage and just 24-hours apart, has brought further criticism of law enforcement practices.

LA sheriff stops sharing data on shooting evaluations, after union objections

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department will no longer report to the public whether individual shootings are judged in or out of policy, following union objections.

Bell police shoot, kill suspect while responding to domestic dispute

A man with a knife refused to comply with the officers' verbal commands, according to an advisory. He then reportedly advanced toward officers with a knife and was shot.

Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile deaths prompt LA protest rally

The controversial death of two black men thousands of miles away at the hands of police officers have resonated with some Los Angeles residents.

7 Latino gang members charged with firebombing black families

The men were trying to drive black people out of a public housing complex in the Boyle Heights area near downtown, prosecutors said.

LA sheriff searching for murderer of 4-year-old Altadena boy

Sleepy Altadena was rocked by tragedy this week when a 4-year-old boy was shot and killed on his front porch Tuesday night.

Police put a face and a name to Venice war memorial vandal (sort of)

Los Angeles Sheriff’s investigators released an image of one of the taggers suspected of defacing a Vietnam War memorial in Venice just before Memorial Day.

California's new gun violence research center

It's in stark contrast to the federal government, which has effectively banned funding for any research into gun violence.

Experts question tactics after CHP shoots unarmed man

Highway Patrol officers shot Pedro Villanueva when he allegedly drove at them. Experts say police should generally move out of the way of moving cars, not shoot the driver.