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

LAPD drone plan draws privacy fears from community

The LAPD is asking the Police Commission to approve a one-year pilot program for a camera-equipped drone to be deployed in certain situations.

5 things to think about as the LAPD plans to launch a drone

If approved by the police commission, the LAPD would fly a seven-and-a-half foot drone in similar situations during a one-year pilot program.

5 takeaways from the state crime report

Violent crime ticked up, property crimes fell, and the rate at which cops solved crimes went down, according to the state attorney general's annual report on crime.

LA Police Commission says fatal shooting of Carnell Snell justified

The LAPD killing of Snell sparked angry protests, prompting Chief Charlie Beck to release video of him running with a gun right before he was killed.

LA officials want public safety review after officer's murder

Los Angele County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn want a Blue Ribbon panel to examine how recent sentencing reforms have affected public safety.

LA supervisors consider $1.5M payout in driver's fatal shooting

The case is the latest in a series of payouts involving a deputy shooting at a moving car, which is generally against sheriff department policy.

Sessions threatens aid to San Bernardino over immigration policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday local police and sheriffs must help deport unauthorized immigrants or they will not be eligible for crime-fighting grants.

What it's like for LAPD cops to wear body cams

As the L.A. Police Commission ponders ending its ban on the release of body cam videos, cops weigh in on the value of the "silent witness."

Mother of mentally ill man killed by LA sheriff’s deputy files lawsuit

The lawsuit alleges the department has failed to properly train deputies to deal with mentally ill people — "a de facto custom, practice or policy” that leads to violent confrontations.

LAPD justified in killing of 14-year-old boy, commission rules

The L.A. Police Commission decided the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Romero, 14, was justified. Romero was one of the youngest people ever killed by the LAPD.

LA Sheriff Baca's prosecutor: The corruption 'shocked' him

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox reflects on his prosecution of ex-L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca and other officials, and the need "to stop that culture" of impunity.

LA County mulls $400K for family of man killed by deputies

A witness said she saw Antonio Perez with a gun as sheriff's deputies chased him, but no gun was found at the scene of the 2015 shooting.

What’s behind the fight over LA sheriff’s deputies' identities

Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants to give prosecutors a list of 300 deputies with a history of misconduct. The deputies' union sued; an appeals court has blocked McDonnell.

Too frequent and too dangerous: Police chases slammed by LA grand jury

A report by the L.A. County Grand Jury criticizes police pursuits, arguing that chasing non-violent criminals is not worth the risk of deaths and injuries to bystanders.

2 shootings by LA sheriffs could cost county $5M

The proposed payouts come amid increased concerns about how much L.A. County pays to the families of people shot or otherwise harmed by sheriff's deputies.