Crime & Justice

Family, officials react to new allegations in Skid Row shooting

An article in GQ this month alleges police were the ones to escalate the tension and violence in the March fatal shooting of homeless resident Charly Keunang.

FBI head: Potential violence plots stopped ahead of July 4

Federal agents had ramped up efforts in recent months to arrest Islamic State sympathizers across the country, arresting more than 10 in the last four weeks in places including New Jersey, Ohio and North Carolina.

San Francisco shooting defendant's immigration history is common

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez was arrested while in the U.S. illegally and deported to his native Mexico five times from June 1994 to June 2009, only to slip back into the country within days, weeks or months.

Jury awards deceased farmworker's family over $4 million

Pablo Padilla Ayala was working on a grapefruit farm in Hemet, 90 miles east of Los Angeles, when his aluminum ladder touched a power line in 2010, causing his death. His family sued Edison.

Fewer ex-cons return to prison, more sent to county jails

The number of felons returning to prisons was reduced by Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment law, which took effect in 2011 and keeps lower-level offenders and most parole violators in county jails.

Baltimore mayor fires police commissioner amid homicide rise

The firing comes 2 1/2 months after the city broke out into riots following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in April of injuries he received in police custody.

Crime in LA up, Beck says it's too early to know why

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says shorter prison sentences and increases in homelessness and gang activity are possible reasons for the surge in 2015's first six months.

San Francisco pier shooting: Land agency agent's stolen service gun used in slaying

Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who has been deported to his native Mexico five times and is suspected of living in the United States illegally, has been charged in the shooting death of a woman walking on Pier 14.

Democrats in Congress blast San Francisco's sanctuary policy

The comments involved the release of Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, a Mexican national who has been charged with murder in the shooting of a young woman at a San Francisco pier.

LAPD says it's investigating Bill Cosby over sexual assault allegations

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says his department would investigate any sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby — even past the statute of limitations.

Judge refuses to dismiss murder case against Suge Knight

A judge on Tuesday ruled that the former rap mogul should stand trial for murder despite the fact that a key witness refused to identify him in court.

Charleston church shooting: Dylann Roof indicted on new charges

Roof was already charged last month with nine counts of murder, one for each person killed at a historic black church. Three new charges — for attempted murder — have been added for the survivors.

Los Feliz LAPD shooting: Family ‘hoping for miracle’

Walter DeLeon remains in critical condition more than two weeks after being shot in the head by an LAPD officer. The agency won't name the shooter's partner.

Outside panel to review OC DA's use of jailhouse informants

An independent committee will review the district attorney's polices on using jailhouse informants after allegations of misconduct in the Dekraai case and others.

Tons of guns melted at Sheriff's Department annual gun melt

The event melts guns used in crimes, said Deputy Sheriff Don Walker. The purpose is to destroy the weapons so they are never used for crimes again.

LA gang member pleads not guilty to killing teen over shoes

Kevin Deon Johnson entered the plea on Monday. He is charged with murder in the killing of 19-year-old Tavin Price near a carwash in May. His relatives say Price had a mental disability.