Crime & Justice

LA's busy immigration courts could swell under Trump

The nation's busy immigration courts – already burdened by an unprecedented backlog of half a million cases – could strain even more if a Trump administration steps up deportations as promised.

Police investigating Santa Monica synagogue vandalism during Hanukkah

Nothing specific about the vandalism — discovered on the second day of Hanukkah — indicated it was anti-Semitic in nature, but that possibility was also not being ruled out.

Man dies after being hobbled by San Bernardino sheriff's deputies

The sheriff's department says the man experienced a medical emergency and stopped breathing. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Santa Monica synagogue found smeared with feces on Hanukkah

Rabbi Boruch Rabinowitz said he found feces and food smeared in a window near an electric Menorah and a sign wishing people a happy Hanukkah.

New California laws: wages, guns, texting, assault, mascots and more

Higher minimum wage and a ban on using "Redskins" as the name of a school team are among the latest California laws taking effect with the new year. See the list.

Family of 20-year-old brings first suit in Oakland warehouse fire

The lawsuit evoked the last moments of the San Francisco State University student, saying she was trapped on the second floor of the 10,000-square-foot building.

Scissor stabbing suspect fatally shot by deputies in Pico Rivera

A family member called 911 and said the man was combative and had a history of mental illness. He had stabbed a family member with scissors.

El Monte police fatally shoot man suspected of DUI

A man suspected of driving under the influence was shot and killed by El Monte police officers Friday night after leading police on a chase and then driving his mid-sized SUV toward them, authorities said.

LA sues Boyle Heights site of massive trash pile

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office contends the pile, which weighs 22 million pounds and is at least two stories high, poses a public threat, citing a fire there that burned for six weeks.

State to investigate Kern County, Bakersfield policing

The most recent controversial shooting occurred earlier this month when a Bakersfield police officer killed Francisco Serna, 73.

Timeline: Sheriff Lee Baca's rise and fall

After several scandal-plagued years that included investigations into Sheriff's Department hiring practices, personnel probes, and an FBI probe into deputy-monitored jails, the embattled sheriff stepped down. We take a look back at Baca's history in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and his rise and fall as sheriff, plus what's happened since.

What if you had to prove you were American?

An NPR analysis of public records found that in an eight-year period, some 1,500 people who were held by immigration turned out to be Americans.

Jury deadlocks on obstruction of justice case against former Sheriff Baca

Panel told lawyers they split 11-1 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors must decide whether to retry Baca to attempt to prove a jail abuse cover-up went all the way to the top.

Robert Durst is a danger to witnesses, DA says

The deputy DA cited Robert Durst's $100 million worth and allegations that he knocked off his best friend, a witness in the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife.

Former Antelope Valley High student arrested in plot to attack students

Former Antelope Valley High School student Diavauni James Crooms, 18, was arrested on suspicion of plotting to acquire weapons and attack students.

Kern County school district's gun policy leaves some uneasy

Groups are urging the Kern High School District board to reverse recent votes allowing teachers and nonstaff to carry guns into the classroom.