Crime & Justice

Violent crime up for second straight year in Los Angeles

Up until 2014, crime in the city had been falling. But for the past two years, robberies, aggravated assaults and murders have been on the rise. Criminologists can't say for certain what's behind the increase, and they say crime overall remains at historic lows.

California funds 1st US inmate sex reassignment surgery

Shiloh Heavenly Quine is the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery. Quine was convicted of first-degree murder and has no possibility of parole.

Judge allows early testimony in Durst case

An L.A. County Superior Court judge found that prosecutors have provided evidence that one of the witnesses, whose name has been kept secret, could be in danger.

1st big case for DA's wrongful conviction unit

The same prosecutors that got Raymond Lee Jennings convicted in 2009 have submitted a request this week to overturn the ruling based on newly discovered evidence.

Court documents reveal foiled sting operation on Lunada Bay Boys

Locals only! Never has that phrase been more appropriate than in Lunada Bay on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Pomona police fatally shoot man armed with handgun

Investigations show that before the fatal standoff with officers, the suspect had shot and wounded two people in a nearby apartment. They are now in fair condition.

Hot yoga guru ordered to give up income to pay for lawsuit

The founder of Bikram yoga was ordered to turn over the proceeds from his business to go toward a $6.8 million sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit.

There were 89 police shootings in LA County in 2016

That number is similar to previous years in Los Angeles County. But nationwide data suggests the number of fatal police shootings in the region is particularly high.

In reversal, Pasadena PD says it will release body cam video

Across California, police are grappling with the best way to handle millions of hours of video recorded by officers. The Pasadena PD decided to prohibit the release of footage to the public. Now it's changed its mind.

Will Eric Holder hurt or help the state's defense against Trump?

The California Legislature is lawyering up in preparation for the next four years under Donald Trump - and the person they’ve hired is a familiar name: Eric H. Holder Jr.

Attorney general to stay in charge of OC salon shooting case

The California AG will not appeal a state court's decision to put it in charge of the case against Scott Dekraai. Before OC prosecutors were pulled from the case, they'd been seeking the death penalty.

Violent crime in LA rises for third straight year

For the third consecutive year, violent crime was up in Los Angeles.

Off-duty LAPD officer killed in Simi Valley crash

Police say Officer Heather Monroe, 30, died following a traffic collision at an intersection in Simi Valley shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday.

HighQ: Can DCFS take away your kids if you smoke marijuana?

If you smoke a lot of marijuana and forget to take care of your kids, there will be problems.

El Monte man's family says police shooting 'unjustified'

The parents of a man killed by El Monte police have filed a civil rights claim. The man was in a vehicle pursuit with officers who shot him in his car.

Sheriff's watchdog calls for review after fatal Christmas Eve shooting

Family members called 911 for help with a relative who was acting violently. Deputies later shot the man, who was holding sewing scissors. Civilian watchdogs want a review.