Crime & Justice

US clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Federal officials on Wednesday said they would not prosecute Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, but faulted the department for racial bias. See the full reports.

Tsarnaev's lawyer admits he carried out Boston bombing

"It WAS him," Judy Clarke, one of the nation's foremost death-penalty defense attorneys said of Tsarnaev in a startling opening statement.

2 killed in shootings at San Bernadino nightclub, gas station

San Bernardino Police Lt. Rich Lawhead says gunfire erupted as up to 200 people filed out of Stinger's nightclub on the city's south side early Wednesday.

Lawyer for woman punched by CHP officer jailed for contempt

The Los Angeles Times says Caree Harper was sanctioned Monday in Los Angeles for refusing to say how she met Marlene Pinnock.

Federal report props up LAPD's community policing, as Skid Row shooting draws new questions

A highly-anticipated federal report on law enforcement highlights the LAPD for community policing one day after officers shot and killed a homeless man on Skid Row.

Skid Row police shooting: French consulate denies he's one of theirs, claims ID theft

The man who was shot and killed by police in Skid Row on Sunday was not a French national, the French Consulate in Los Angeles has told KPCC.

Man charged with murder in Chatsworth street racing crash

Henry Gevorgyan has been charged with murder in the Chatsworth street racing crash that left two pedestrians dead and one person critically injured.

Parents sue county, landlord over Santa Barbara rampage

The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges negligence and violations of the victims' constitutional right to due process under the law.

Alleged patient safety kickbacks lead to $1M settlement

The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a medical products company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its antiseptic.

Trucker charged for crash that killed LAPD officer

L.A. County prosecutors on Monday announced charges against the driver of the runaway truck that struck a police cruiser in Beverly Hills last year, killing Officer Nicholas Lee.

Court rules against sex-offender law's blanket lifetime ban

The court restricted its decision to San Diego County. But ruling has potential statewide impact criminal law professor Laurie Levenson said.

Skid Row police shooting update: shooting will be early test of body camera policy

Three officers, one of whom is a sergeant, shot a man as they struggled on the ground for control of one of the officer's weapons, after a stun gun proved ineffective, police said.

Task force calls for independent probes of police shootings

The President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing also emphasized the need for better training and equipment, including bulletproof vests.

'Suge' Knight goes to hospital after saying he fired lawyers

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight says he fired lawyers handling his murder case before being taken again to a hospital. Knight told a judge he is going blind.

Police shoot, kill suspect in downtown LA's Skid Row

Streets in downtown Los Angeles were closed off after police shot and killed a man in downtown Los Angeles late Sunday morning.

Suspect in fatal Los Angeles street race turns himself in

A man suspected of driving a Ford Mustang that struck and killed two spectators during a street race in Southern California has turned himself in.