Crime & Justice

How many crimes do your police 'clear'? Now you can find out

Police say a crime is "cleared" when they make an arrest or identify a suspect. Clearance rates vary widely by city, but you can use NPR's tool to look up how the police are faring where you live.

Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school.

Off-duty LAPD officer involved in car-to-car shooting

An off-duty Los Angeles police officer has been involved in a car-to-car shooting in northern Los Angeles County.

Gang chief, international fugitive among dozens paroled under California policy

To reduce prison population, federal judges a year ago told the state to consider releasing inmates who are at least 60 years old and have spent at least 25 years behind bars.

Taser use by San Bernardino Sheriff under scrutiny

The ACLU is seeking information on Taser use by the Sheriff in San Bernardino County. Amnesty International has previously pointed to 92 deaths in California caused by Tasers.

San Francisco deputies forced inmates to fight, official says

Public Defender Jeff Adachi tells The San Francisco Chronicle that at least four deputies over the last few weeks threatened inmates at County Jail No. 4 with violence or refused them food if they didn't fight.

Police departments open up 'safe lots' for Craigslist transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

LA youth fall through cracks in social services, report says

A research team found youth in L.A. County's juvenile justice system had fallen through cracks in the county's social services — something that could be prevented with better data sharing.

Father of wanted LAPD officer charged with lying to FBI

Victor Solis, 53, was arrested at his Lancaster home and charged in a federal court in El Paso, Texas, with making false statements to FBI agents.

Kendrec McDade shooting: Family fights latest effort to seal a city report

Attorneys for the mother of an unarmed teenager killed by Pasadena police want a judge to lift a seal on a city report that evaluates the fatal shooting.

Fresno deputy police chief arrested on federal drug charges

The year long investigation conducted by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (AFT) concluded with the arrest of Deputy Police Chief Foster .

Donald Sterling: Woman to testify about gifts from former Clippers owner

V. Stiviano, 32, will testify Thursday in the civil trial involving the former Clippers owner about why she should keep gifts including a duplex, Ferrari, jewelry and designer clothes.

LA’s proposed communications system goes beyond 911

The new system, if completed, would allows police officers and firefighters to live stream vast amounts of video within and between agencies.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion, lawyer says

Bergdahl was released by the Taliban in exchange for five detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison. Bergdahl was captured after he walked off his post in 2009.

LA County halts overhaul of emergency communications system

The Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System was supposed to ease communication between police and fire departments.

California jury rules Greyhound not to blame in deadly crash

The pre-dawn July 22, 2010, crash on Highway 99 killed six people, including the occupants of an overturned SUV, the bus driver and two bus passengers.