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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
Top U.S. and Central American law enforcement officials began a three-day transnational gang summit in Los Angeles Wednesday. Authorities say gangs including MS-13 and 18th Street are a growing menace on both sides of the border.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa later this week will release his plan to address a 14% jump in gang crime. One gang expert thinks that ceasefires brokered by former gang members are an important step in the process.
Immigrant rights advocates say they're concerned about a dramatic rise in the number of people identified as suspected illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County jails. Sheriff's officials say they handed over nearly 6,000 foreign-born inmates to federal authorities for possible deportation proceedings last year, double the number from 2005.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa this week unveils his plan to reduce gang violence, which last year saw a 14% spike after a five-year decline. Last month, civil rights attorney Connie Rice also issued her long-awaited blueprint.
In today's newscasts and talk programs, KPCC has been examining racially-charged gang violence in Los Angeles. Police say ground zero is Harbor Gateway, where the 204th Street Gang for years has targeted blacks. Today, a group of residents pledged to promote peace and racial tolerance. The agreement followed a meeting yesterday between the mother of a victim of the gang and one of its leaders. During the meeting, the gang leader promised to end attacks on African-Americans. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.
A native Palestinian became a U.S. citizen yesterday after a long battle with the federal government. He is one of the celebrated "LA Eight," a group of seven Palestinian men and one Kenyan woman accused 19 years ago of supporting terrorism.
LAPD officials believe a 14-year-old girl, who was fatally shot near the LA harbor last Friday, was targeted because she was black.
The news media paid little attention when a national prison rape panel held hearings in Southern California last week. Activists say that's par for the course when it comes to sexual violence in prisons and jails. Even though there may be tens of thousands of victims every year, corrections officials and policy makers also tend to ignore the problem.
A federal judge Monday extended a temporary restraining order designed to reduce overcrowding at the LA Men's Central Jail - the largest local lock-up in the country. Judge Dean Pregerson also asked jail officials to come up with a comprehensive plan for improving living conditions inside the facility and present the plan to him by mid-January.
The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice is urging state prosecutors to limit their use of jailhouse informants in criminal trials. KPCC's Frank Stoltze spoke with former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp, who heads the commission.
The Los Angeles Fire Commission yesterday gave initial approval to a set of reforms aimed at ridding the department of racial and gender discrimination and hazing. The move comes amid a high-profile harassment case and calls for the removal of the fire chief.
UCLA Chancellor Norman Abrams ordered an independent investigation of an incident in which campus police stunned an Iranian-American student with a taser. The incident has sparked outrage on the Westwood campus.
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.