Frank Stoltze

Public Safety Correspondent

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Southern California has a long and troubled history when it comes to policing. I explore a continuing disconnect between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, look at when reforms have worked and where and why tensions remain. I'm always examining whether justice is being served.

Stories by Frank Stoltze

Beating sparks new calls for civilian oversight of Pasadena police

A group of activists in Pasadena say oversight is needed after police officers broke the leg of a young black man as they struggled with him during a traffic stop in November.

New US Attorney in LA hasn't said anything about the marijuana rule change

Nicola Hanna wouldn't say whether he'll prosecute marijuana distributors after Obama-era restrictions on enforcing federal pot laws were lifted.

LAPD's main worry about legal pot is stoned drivers

While noting "a new day in law enforcement," the department says it's not planning to deploy additional officers to enforce new cannabis rules.

The 5 top LA criminal justice stories of 2017

L.A. County's sheriff is convicted of corruption, the city of L.A. lifts injunctions against thousands of gang members, the state restricts law enforcement cooperation with ICE, and more.

The California law that keeps police misconduct secret

California has the most restrictive police records laws in the nation — and it's because of something called the "Pitchess process."

Should a grand jury look at LA Sheriff’s deputies?

It’s been nearly 30 years since a grand jury was convened to look at a potential problem with L.A.'s criminal justice system. Prominent attorney Charles Linder says it's time for another.

Evacuation alerts become focus after devastating fires

Governor Brown is expected to ask for millions of dollars to improve emergency alert systems throughout the state, which are mostly controlled by local authorities.

These police officers were assigned to help the homeless, but did they?

The LAPD launched its program in 2016 and its officers have contacted thousands of homeless people. But its unclear how many actually received help.

5 big numbers you should know from LA’s cash bail system

A UCLA study shows defendants and their families paid out nearly $200 million in non-refundable fees to bail agents over a five year period to get out of jail.

Police identify Penny Pincher Bandit as man in North Hollywood shooting

Undercover officers were on a stakeout investigating a series of robberies in the San Fernando Valley when they encountered the 37-year old suspect.

LA Sheriff's antiquated computer system hinders data collection

The department has fallen so far behind technologically that its communications center uses a 1980s-era analog radio dispatch system. A watchdog says a lack of data leads to bad policies.

A new approach to helping foster kids in trouble with the law

Loyola Law School will launch a $1 million program to help 300 children caught in the juvenile justice system.

LA County approves $15 million wrongful conviction payout

Frank O'Connell spent 27 years in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit. A judge freed him in 2012 because of improper conduct by sheriff's detectives.

LA Sheriff's body cam plan draws mixed reviews

Two community groups say the money for body cams could be better spent on other priorities. The ACLU supports using the cameras, under certain conditions.

Jury awards $5.5M to parents of man tased multiple times by LAPD

Michael Mears was 39 and a Marine veteran. He suffered cardiac arrest and died two days after one officer stunned him six times with a Taser and others beat him.