Crime & Justice

LA police say officers shoot, kill man with hunting knife

Los Angeles police say their officers shot and killed a man who came at them with a large hunting knife.

Audit says jail releases jumped 37 percent after realignment

The number of local inmates freed early in one month increased from about 10,200 in September 2011 to more than 14,000 in June 2014.

DEA chief to retire amid pressure over agents' sex scandal

Michele Leonhart had been widely criticized for her response to a scathing government watchdog report detailing DEA "sex parties."

San Bernardino to pay $650K in videotaped beating

In an extraordinarily fast response, the county said it had reached a settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, whose beating by deputies after he attempted to flee on horseback was caught on video.

Volunteer officers just want to play cop, some say

The fatal shooting of a suspect by a volunteer deputy in Tulsa, Okla., raises the question of whether volunteer cops should be allowed to wear badges and carry guns?

Energy companies must face price fixing claims, high court says

The justices ruled that natural gas traders can be sued for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis.

San Francisco Uber driver accused of running down bicyclist

San Francisco police arrested Emerson Decarvalho, 38, on Sunday in the city's Fisherman's Wharf area, a tourist destination.

LAPD officer charged with assault

LAPD officer Richard Garcia allegedly assaulted a man lying on the ground in October 2014, while investigating a robbery.

Q&A: Is federal anti-radicalization effort profiling or prevention?

Some activists worry that programs focused on tackling global terrorism on a local scale will lead to wide-scale government surveillance of Muslim communities.

Convicted OC serial killer denied parole

Brett Matthew Paul Thomas, now 56, and his friend, Mark Titch, were convicted in 1977 after committing the murders during robbery or burglary attempts in Orange County.

LA Kings' Jarret Stoll released after arrest in Las Vegas

The two-time Stanley Cup champion is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.

Video of 'Suge' Knight running over 2 men released

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen reviewed the items before determining Knight should stand trial on murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges.

LA may not be riding a crime wave, criminologists say

Crime is on the rise, but for how long and why? Criminologists say it's too early to say and are unconvinced by arguments that realignment is pushing crime rates up.

Ex-wrestling coach pleads not guilty to molesting athletes

Thomas Joseph Snider entered pleas on Thursday to 41 felony and misdemeanor charges of child molesting and committing lewd acts on children.

1 dead and several injured in Palms shootings

Los Angeles police say one person has been killed and four others injured in a series of attacks in the Palms area, and they're hunting for at least one suspect.

You got a ticket for jaywalking. Here's what you do next

It's similar to handling a traffic citation. And, it's harder for authorities to collect.