Crime & Justice

In rare bust, deputies arrest 11 at Santa Maria cockfight

In a Thanksgiving weekend bust, deputies arrested 11 spectators at a Santa Maria cockfight. The Santa Barbara County Rural Crimes Unit credits the bust to an anonymous tip.

Charleston church shooting suspect will represent himself

The judge in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, who is accused of murdering nine people in the basement of a historically black church, has ruled Roof may represent himself in court.

CA lawyers could be banned from having sex with clients

Current state rules don't prohibit California lawyers from engaging in sexual relationships with their clients. Some lawyers oppose the proposed rule change, saying it would violate their privacy.

Prison sentence for 2 LA County deputies convicted of jail beating

Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies convicted of beating a jail inmate and falsifying records to hide the abuse have been sentenced to federal prison terms.

South Carolina church shooter Dylann Roof declared competent to stand trial

The ruling was announced after a two-day competency hearing that was closed to the public. Roof is facing 33 federal hate crime charges.

Local leaders send message about hate crimes: They will be prosecuted

LA attorney general Miek Feuer hosted a press conference Wednesday to reassure LA residents about the city's dediction to prosection and reduction of hate crimes.

Garcetti talks about the brewing conflict between cities and feds on immigration

The L.A. mayor says: "What we don't do is have police officers walking in the streets and saying let me see your papers."

CHP out in full force to arrest Thanksgiving drunks

8 people have already died and nearly 180 have been arrested during the first 12 hours of the CHP crackdown.

California truckers win $54 million in Wal-Mart wage suit

Wal-Mart failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers the minimum wage for duties such as inspecting and washing their vehicles, a federal jury said.

LASD won't change for Trump

Many immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally are wondering what the future holds for them and their families.

Pasadena sued over changes to police body camera policy

The NAACP chapter says those changes contradict what it submitted to the Department of Justice when it applied for initial funding.

Judge defers ruling on LA Sheriff Baca Alzheimer’s defense

The federal judge said he will issue a written ruling on whether to allow the testimony of an Alzheimer’s expert in the upcoming trial of the former L.A. sheriff.

LA County deputies fatally shoot armed robbery suspect

Sheriff's officials say the suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight following a three-hour-long standoff.

Anaheim Police shoot man after bizarre confrontation

One man is dead and the other is outstanding after two men attempted to ram cars on the 91 freeway.

Hawthorne officer shot in the leg, in stable condition

Officers were called to a storage facility where an angry man was armed with a handgun and a machete.

Trump vows to end 'sanctuary cities' — but what does that label mean?

Decisions by police departments to enforce immigration law are varied, and some worry enforcement could lead to abuse.