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

Sex Abuse Victim Speaks Out on Archdiocese Settlement

Last week, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached a $660 million settlement with more than 500 victims of sexual abuse by clergy members. For one victim, the cost is calculated in something other than dollars and cents.

Esotouric Gives Quirky Tours of SoCal's Darker History

The West Adams District is one of L.A.'s oldest neighborhoods. It's also the location for some of the most interesting crime stories of the 20th century. Esotouric Tours takes visitors there on regularly scheduled forays into the city's past. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Clergy Abuse Settlement Draws Mixed Reactions from Victims

A Los Angeles judge Monday accepted a $660 million settlement between L.A.'s Roman Catholic Archdiocese and more than 500 victims of clergy sexual abuse. It was the largest settlement yet in the scandal that's plagued the Catholic Church. Victims from around Southern California flocked to a Downtown L.A. courthouse to witness the announcement.

L.A.Woman is Set Free After 23 Years in Prison

A 60-year-old Los Angeles woman walked free for the first time in more than two decades this week after a court ordered Governor Schwarzenegger to release her from prison. The court ruled Schwarzenegger had failed to prove that the convicted murderer remained a threat to society.

LAPD Honors Officer Who Saved Boy's Life

The LAPD has honored a police officer who saved a five-year old boy from drowning in a swimming pool. Officer William Sera and the mother of Jesse Pinero Jr. recounted the story to KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Port Truckers Back Clean Air Plan

Big rig truck drivers demonstrated Wednesday in favor of a clean air plan for the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Trucking companies oppose the plan, which would make drivers employees of trucking companies instead of independent contractors.

Mayors' Conference Focuses on Tourism

The U.S. Conference of Mayors wraps up its annual meeting in Los Angeles today. One of the issues the mayors have focused on is declining international tourism. Many mayors have blamed Bush Administration security policies for fewer foreign visitors to their cities.

Bratton Reappointed for Five More Years

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Tuesday won a second five-year term as head of the Los Angeles Police Department. The Police Commission's choice marks the first time an LAPD chief has won a second term since voters approved term limits in the wake of the Rodney King beating. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

L.A. Mayor Appoints Gang Czar

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.

Bangladeshi Man Gives Up Appeals, Will Be Deported

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.

ER Death May Prompt King-Harbor Hospital Closure

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.

Judge Hears Plea from Bangladeshi Man Facing Deportation

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.

120+ Illegal Immigrant Gangsters Arrested in Southern California

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.

Judge Hears Plea from Bangladeshi Facing Deportation

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.

Bangladeshi Man Faces Imminent Deportation

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.