Crime & Justice

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LAPD identifies suspects in murder of USC student from China

Los Angeles police have arrested 4 suspects in connection with the beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji near campus.

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Suspect in Bully Fire charged with involuntary manslaughter

Prosecutors in Northern California have filed involuntary manslaughter charges against a man suspected of starting a wildfire that left one person dead.

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LA police union says city patrolled by 'ghost cars'

The Los Angeles police inspector general is investigating allegations filed by union officers that high-level supervisors are over-reporting how many patrol cars they actually have on the street.

Autopsy: Burglar killed by Long Beach homeowner was not pregnant

Los Angeles County prosecutors are awaiting the police investigation into an 80-year-old man who says he fatally shot a burglar in the back as she fled his home and ran down an alley.

USC offers counseling to Chinese students after killing

Police said Xinran Ji, an engineering student from China, was assaulted early Thursday morning on the street near his off-campus apartment building.

UPS driver arrested on federal gun trafficking charges

The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.

Are opponents of the death penalty adding to its problems?

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions.

Torrance police to pay $1.8M for Dorner manhunt shooting

The Torrance Police Department said Thursday it will settle with a 38-year-old surfer who was injured when his truck was rammed and shot up after police mistook it for manhunt suspect Christopher Dorner.

USC graduate student from China found dead after assault (updated)

Police believe the student, identified as Xinran Ji, was assaulted by at least three suspects with a blunt object as he was walking a few blocks from campus back to his apartment.

Police to pay $1.8M for Dorner manhunt shooting

The Torrance Police Department announced Thursday that it will settle the lawsuit of David Perdue, a surfer who suffered injuries when his truck was rammed and shot during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner.

Kim Pham trial: Jury finds 2 women guilty of voluntary manslaughter, assault

Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and assault and not guilty of murder in the trial for the beating death of Annie Kim Pham outside an Orange County nightclub.

'Yellow Alert' would broadcast hit-and-run suspect info

A state bill would create a "yellow alert" for California that would broadcast vehicle information for suspect drivers involved in serious hit-and-run collisions.

Long Beach police call attack on Muslim woman a hate crime

Long beach police say they are looking for a suspect who cursed at a Muslim woman and tore off her hijab during daylight hours in a parking lot.

Officers address Moreno Valley shoot-out

Sheriff's officials have not ID'd the body, but they believe the man to be responsible for the deaths of two people and the wounding of a deputy.

California leads in cutting prison population and crime, report says

In a six-year period, California simultaneously cut its prison population by 23 percent and its violent crime rate by 21 percent--both over the national average.

Federal judge calls for a return to firing squads

Legal scholars say the judge's controversial statement is aimed less at shocking the public than asking it to confront its own relationship with the death penalty.