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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
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appointed an evangelical minister as his first director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs Wednesday. Jeff Carr will lead the effort to improve gang prevention and intervention programs. Most observers agree that has to happen to achieve a lasting reduction in LA gang violence.
A Bangladeshi man who's lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade has given up his fight against deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. The case has gripped the Bangladeshi community in Southern California because it involves the assassination of that country's revered first president. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
Los Angeles County Supervisors are once again considering the possibility of closing King-Harbor Hospital in South LA. The problem-plagued facility faces a major federal inspection next month, amid more horrifying cases of patient neglect. If that inspection fails, the federal government would likely yank the funding needed to keep the hospital open.
A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another cliffhanger effort to stop his deportation. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he did not commit. Federal authorities say he's a terrorist.
Federal authorities Wednesday announced they've rounded up a significant number of illegal immigrant gang members in Southern California during the last three months. They said they've arrested more than 120 alleged foreign national gang members from Lompoc to Hemet.
A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles is waging another last-minute effort to stop his deportation. Mohiuddin Ahmed faces execution in Bangladesh for a crime he says he didn't commit. Federal authorities label him a terrorist.
A former Bangladeshi diplomat living in Los Angeles may be deported as early as Thursday night, now that he has exhausted his legal appeals. The man faces execution in Bangladesh for his part in a 1975 coup that resulted in the assassination of the country's first president. He says he played a minor role in the coup.
Today, LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers a preliminary report on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park to the Los Angeles City Council. Yesterday, he presented the report to the Police Commission. The chief blamed, in part, a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. Commissioners were far from satisfied. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton presented his preliminary report on the May Day melee in MacArthur Park to the City Council today. Council members asked plenty of questions, and urged the chief to be transparent in his inquiry. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivers his first report Tuesday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. He'll make a presentation to the Police Commission on the progress of investigations. Video shows officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The incident left some wondering whether the LAPD has changed much under federally mandated reforms. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton delivered a preliminary report Monday on the May 1st incident in MacArthur Park. Bratton in part blamed a breakdown in command and control that led to officers clubbing and firing rubber bullets at immigrant rights marchers and journalists. The chief made his presentation to the civilian Police Commission, which oversees the LAPD.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson provided more evidence Monday of how California may play a key role in next year's presidential primaries. Richardson chose Los Angeles to formally announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination, taking aim at the state's earlier primary and large Latino population. If elected, Richardson would become the first Latino president in U.S. history.
Kaiser Permanente has reached a settlement with the Los Angeles City Attorney over alleged homeless patient dumping on Downtown's Skid Row. The nation's largest HMO has agreed to re-vamp the way discharges homeless people in what some observers call a "landmark" deal.
The 800-acre wildfire in Griffith Park this week was the park's worst fire in more than four decades. Those who use the park are now wondering about its future.
Many of the firefighters battling the brush fire in Griffith Park are in from out of town. 27-year-old Todd Gailey of the Morro Bay Fire Department on the Central Coast spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze at the base of a hill in Griffith Park.