Crime & Justice

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.

Police arrest 2 men in connection with South LA restaurant shooting

Two Jamaican nationals will be booked on suspicion of murder for their alleged role in a shooting that left three people dead and 12 wounded.

3 dead, 12 wounded after gunfire at LA restaurant (updated)

Police say two persons of interest are in custody but they do not know yet what led to the shooting. The injured are said to be in conditions ranging from critical to stable but serious.

Manson follower denied parole for 1969 murder

Parole officials decided that Robert Beausoleil, 68, should remain in prison for the 1969 death of musician Gary Hinman.

Justice Department will track police killings and use of force

A pilot program could begin early next year. The announcement amplifies FBI Director James Comey's statement that the bureau is setting up a database that can track police killings.

Court upholds governor's power to allow Indian casinos

A Native American tribe with a casino outside Sacramento had challenged another tribe's casino nearby, saying it was the Legislature, and not the governor, that had the power to approve it.

Woman, 18, found guilty in 2014 beating of USC grad student

Alejandra Guerrero faces a sentence of life in prison for the fatal beating of 24-year-old Xinran Ji of China, an electrical engineering student at USC. Three other defendants are awaiting trial in the case.

Suspected Palm Springs cop killer pleads not guilty

Arraignment on first-degree murder and other charges was scheduled Thursday for John Hernandez Felix in Indio, California.

Hundreds honor fallen sheriff's Sgt. Steve Owen

Law enforcement and public officials around the state are showing up to honor Owen, who was shot and killed responding to a burglary call on Oct. 5.

LA Police Commission president on increasing transparency and reducing police shootings

President of the L.A. Police Commission, Matt Johnson talks increasing transparency and reducing police shootings with a raft of new reforms.