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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
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday said George Weller is too old and sick to go to prison, and instead sentenced him to five years probation. Weller is the 89-year-old man who drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmers Market three years ago, killing 10 people and injuring 63. Judge Michael Johnson handed down the sentence after an outpouring of grief and anger from one victim's relatives.
The LA City Council has given initial approval to a living wage ordinance that will cover workers at 13 hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. It's the first time the council has imposed a living wage requirement on private companies that don't have contracts with the city.
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he hopes to stop what he and others call an "epidemic" of patient dumping on downtown LA's Skid Row with criminal and civil charges against Kaiser Permanente. Delgadillo has accused the hospital chain of false imprisonment and endangering a dependent adult when it left a 63-year-old woman on the streets of Skid Row in February.
LA Police Chief Bill Bratton defended his department, following the release of a second videotape that critics claim shows brutality by an LAPD officer. Bratton says he plans to issue a ruling soon on whether the officer violated department policy when he pepper-sprayed a handcuffed suspect.
Criminologists and LA County's top law enforcement official discussed ways to stop the revolving door in US prisons at a panel discussion sponsored by USC's Institute for Justice and Journalism. The incarceration rate in the US is six times higher than rates in Britain and Canada.
LAPD Chief Bill Bratton has launched a criminal investigation into allegations that two officers beat up a man as they arrested him in Hollywood in August. The incident was videotaped and posted on the Web site YouTube.
California's senior senator stands to gain even more clout if Democrats do capture the majority in the U.S. Senate. Dianne Feinstein considered the prospects during a news conference at her San Francisco home.
Former California Governor Jerry Brown beat Republican Chuck Poochigian for state attorney general. Brown was elected 56 years to the day that his father won the same position.
Special Counsel Merrick Bobb will go before the LA County Board of Supervisors to make recommendations on how to improve jails in LA County. One of the chief proposals will focus on separating dangerous inmates from the rest of the population.
LA City voters will cast ballots next Tuesday on Measure H, the biggest local housing bond in US history. It would provide $1 billion in government subsidies to help build affordable rental housing and homeless shelters. Some of the money would also go to help first time buyers.
The LAPD has opened a criminal investigation into allegations the Metropolitan Medical Center dumped patients on Skid Row. Police say they videotaped ambulances from the hospital dropping off five patients in front of the Volunteers of America homeless services center on Sunday. The head of the medical center, located near Western and Adams, denies the allegation. He says three of the five gave Skid Row addresses on their admission information. Captain Andrew Smith heads the LAPD's Central Division. He spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze about the investigation.
George Russell Weller, who three years ago drove his car through the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, was convicted today on ten counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
The ACLU wants a federal judge to order Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to improve conditions at the downtown jail. The group accuses Baca of squeezing inmates into holding cells at the Inmate Reception Center.
Panelists call for more affordable housing and less "NIMBYism" at a Town Hall Los Angeles forum on homelessness. The homeless problem has gained more attention as more development moves into downtown LA.
News that North Korea exploded a nuclear test device sent waves of concern through the Korean-American community in Southern California. Los Angeles has the largest Korean community outside Seoul and many have family in South Korea.