Crime & Justice

Lee Baca, prosecutors fail to reach new plea deal

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has failed to reach a new plea deal over his sentence for lying to federal investigators about a jail probe.

Soylent CEO faces criminal charges over Montecito Heights 'eyesore'

Robert Rhinehart, whose powdered drink is intended as a meal substitute, has been charged with grading and building without permits on a hillside property in Montecito Heights.

Police chase ends with passenger dead in Boyle Heights

Police pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended when officers shot and killed the passenger and arrested the driver in Boyle Heights on Thursday evening, according to the LAPD.

San Diego officer shot and killed following traffic stop

The officers were assigned to an elite anti-gang unit. The police department said the injured officer is out of surgery and is expected to survive. A suspect is in custody, the police chief says.

'Handcuffed': What’s the primary goal of policing?

In his new book “Handcuffed,” former detective Malcolm Sparrow argues that flaws in the way we understand policing have led to current conflicts between police and the public.

‘The War on Cops’: How should we talk about contemporary policing?

In her new book, “The War on Cops,” journalist Heather Mac Donald challenges many of the dominant narratives surrounding American policing.

Sheriff patrol car hit by gunfire in Compton, suspect killed

A suspect was pronounced dead on the scene in the second of two deputy-involved shootings Thursday morning in Compton, according to the LASD Homicide Bureau.

Hollywood hosts benefit for Orlando's Pulse nightclub next month

A spokeswoman for Pulse in Orlando said Tuesday that the benefit will be held Aug. 19 at the NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.

LAPD Chief Beck on violence involving cops across the nation

In the aftermath of the deadly attacks against law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck joined AirTalk to discuss tensions running high.

Petitions cleared in push against California gun laws

The effort to overturn the state's strict new gun laws could be a longshot — signatures must be gathered for six separate petitions by Sept. 29 to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.

LAPD shooting in Watts draws criticism, praise

Amid a national debate about police shootings, a fatal shooting in Watts Monday night is drawing criticism and praise of L.A. police in a high-crime neighborhood.

Los Angeles police officer shot, suspect killed in Watts

Police say the suspect took off running while officers on patrol were dispersing a group of people hanging out late Monday in the Watts section of the city.

Police robots: Departments lack rules on whether they can kill

Nearly 200 law enforcement robots and related parts have been transferred to California agencies from the military, including to many smaller police forces.

OC man sentenced to 15 years in Islamic State case

Adam Dandach, 22, pleaded guilty last year to attempting to provide material support to a terror group and lying on his passport application.

Shooting at Fort Myers nightclub kills 2, injures more than a dozen

The shooting took place at Club Blu Bar and Grill, which was reportedly holding an all-ages event.

California's Governor denies parole to former Manson follower

"She remains an unacceptable risk to society if released," Jerry Brown said of Leslie Van Houten, who's serving a life sentence for her part in a 1969 killing spree.