Crime & Justice

LA County leaders vote down civilian oversight of sheriff

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 against creating a civilian commission to oversee the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

LAPD Chief Beck defends daughter, strongly denies favoritism

The chief spoke to reporters a week before the Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to vote on whether to rehire him for another five years.

Garcetti praises Beck amid new criticism of LAPD chief

Chief Beck faces accusations that he improperly influenced a disciplinary matter involving a sergeant and his daughter, who is also a police officer at the LAPD.

LA foster care watchdog says reforms have slowed

A new report due out Tuesday by a foster care watchdog says only one reform has seen progress - and the county has not dedicated any new money to the failing system.

Jailhouse informants: Judge won't rule out death penalty in Dekraai case

A Southern California judge has refused to order the district attorney's office to recuse itself or to take the death penalty off the table in the case of a man who admitted killing eight people at an Orange County hair salon.

Jailhouse informants: Judge won't rule out death penalty in Dekraai case

In a ruling that comes after weeks of hearings on the district attorney's use of jailhouse informants, Judge Thomas Goethals did acknowledge misconduct from prosecutors Monday.

LA sheriff's watchdog to review bystander shooting

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's civilian monitor says his office will review what went wrong when an innocent bystander was shot to death at his home by a deputy trying to rescue the man's wife from an armed intruder.

Killing of 4 Latino men sparks protests in Salinas

Calling the shootings "questionable," a civil rights attorney in Oakland requested action by the Justice Department. The Salinas police chief said that would be premature.

Suspect dead after LA County hostage standoff

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have shot and killed a parolee who held a woman hostage during an eight-hour standoff. But a bystander also has died.

USC holds memorial for murdered Chinese graduate student

About 300 people came to USC for a memorial service Friday honoring the Chinese graduate student murdered off campus last week.

2 LAUSD officers injured in Sun Valley crash

Authorities say two L.A. Unified School District police officers have been seriously injured in a collision involving their patrol car and a dump truck in Sun Valley.

Campus safety conference convenes blocks away from USC murder site

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety.

Alleged preteen 'Slender Man' killer not fit for trial, judge says

One of the 12-year-old girls who allegedly stabbed a classmate to make Internet meme "Slender Man" happy has been ruled mentally incompetent and unable to stand trial.

South LA serial killer sentenced to death — again

Chester D. Turner, who is already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced Friday for four more murders.

Bell scandal: Last of 7 officials to be sentenced gets 1 year in jail

Former Bell City Councilman Victor Bello's sentencing brings to an end a string of criminal cases in the corruption scandal that rocked the town in southeast Los Angeles County.

LAPD searching for gun that fell off police cycle

Officials say the gun's locking mechanism broke and the gun fell off Thursday near South Vermont Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.