Crime & Justice

For many black people, hair and race are inextricably interwoven.

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Dreadlocks decision raises another question: What is race?

An appeals court decided last month that dreadlocks aren't a common racial characteristic. But what is a common racial characteristic?

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Police search for shooter in downtown LA


A man is dead and police are looking for at least one assailant after a Saturday afternoon shooting at the Gas Co. Lofts.

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Ex-California lawmaker Ron Calderon gets prison in bribe case

Calderon was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison in a corruption scandal in which he acknowledged taking bribes in exchange for his influence in Sacramento.

Report: half of US adults are in facial recognition databases used by police

A new report finds images of more than half of adults living in the US are stored in a series of police facial recognition databases, in many cases without any prior contact with police.

Commemorating LA's Chinese Massacre, possibly the worst lynching in US history

Monday marks the 145th anniversary of the Chinese Massacre, when vigilantes tortured and hanged at least 18 Chinese men and boys in LA's Chinatown.

Man in critical condition after being shot by Long Beach police officer

Police say the man, who was holding a knife, was shot when he advanced on the officer in the city's Naples area.

Report: Schools' reliance on police harms black, poor students most

The ongoing debate over whether police should be called to school campuses is being renewed by a new ACLU of CA study.

Beck: Police use-of-force reforms won't mean change in disciplining

In fewer than 90 days, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck’s department must propose specific ways to increase transparency after officer-involved shootings.

Anaheim man sentenced to 30 years for trying to aid Islamic State

Authorities say Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel concocted a scheme for Elhuzayel to fly to the Middle East to fight for the Islamic State.

A tough night in South LA for District Attorney Jackie Lacey

It was supposed to be a community town hall with L.A. County's top prosecutor engaging in a Q&A with community activists and residents. It wasn't.

2 slain Palm Springs police officers remembered at memorial

Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away from retirement who were shot to death.

Porter Ranch residents try intervening in gas leak plea deal

The $4 million deal prosecutors cut with SoCal Gas cut out residents' claims for restitution, their lawyer says. They are challenging the agreement.

Head of policing association apologizes for history of racial abuse

Terrence M. Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said the history of policing has had dark periods, including times when law enforcement officers “have been the face of oppression for too many of our fellow citizens.” Take Two hosts a roundtable discussion to hear reactions.

4 shot in Palmdale, 1 in custody, 1 sought

Deputy Kimberly Alexander says deputies are looking for a second suspect in the 2 p.m. Monday shooting at a smoke shop.

1 more person dies following shooting in South LA

Another person has died in the hospital following the shooting in a makeshift restaurant early Saturday morning.

LA County eyes private firm for care of mentally ill inmates

On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a motion to contract with a private firm to expand care for medium-security inmates with serious mental illness.