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

LA County Labor Head Resigns Amid Probe

LA County Federation of Labor chief Martin Ludlow stepped down yesterday in response to allegations that he he knowingly took illegal political donations during his successful run for City Council in 2003.

Powerful Labor Leader May Resign

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor head Martin Ludlow is reportedly facing criminal charges and may step down.

Police Commission Stands Firm on Identity Issue

The LA Police Commission says it will not reverse its decision to redact the names of officers in use of force reports.

Judge Orders California to Change Lethal Injection Process

A federal judge is ordering California to come up with a new way to execute prisoners because the current method might constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Loyola Law School Professor Laurie Levinson says the ruling is significant.

Police Commission Reconsiders Decision

State Senator Gloria Romero calls on board to not redact officers' names from shooting reports.

Inmates Describe Unrest in LA Jails

Inmates leaving LA County jail describe frightening fights between blacks and Latinos, and guards unable to stop them. The jail system remains on a security lockdown, after a week of brawls that left one man dead and at least 90 injured.

Villaraigosa Upset Over Terror Plot Announcement

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the White House should have briefed him before publicly releasing details about a failed 2002 plot to attack the Library Tower in downtown Los Angeles.

LA Police Commission Will Withhold Names of Accused Officers

The Los Angeles Police Commission has voted to withhold the names of officers involved in shootings, reversing a 25-year-old policy.

Black, Hispanic Inmates Fight at Castaic Prison

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca ordered the segregation of black and Hispanic inmates at a Castaic jail following a weekend riot that left an African American prisoner dead.

LA Mayor Proposes Boost in Anti-Terror Funding

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asks the City Council to approve $1.6 million in new anti-terrorism spending that would allow the city to boost personnel.

Police Commission Rules Against Officer in Devin Brown Shooting

The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that Officer Steven Garcia violated department policy last year when he shot and killed 13-year-old Devin Brown. The ruling goes against the recommendation of LA police chief Bill Bratton.

Governor's Prison Plan Generates Debate

Governor Schwarzenegger is proposing building more jails and prisons as part of his $222 billion "Strategic Growth Plan," but some are questioning his approach.

Audit Takes Fire Department to Task

LA City Controller Laura Chick has issued a highly critical audit that says the Fire Department still remains a hostile place for women and minorities, a decade after reforms were put in place.

Mayor Pushes for LAUSD Takeover in Two Years

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed up his schedule for taking control of the Los Angeles Unified School District, saying he wants to make it happen in two years.

LAPD Seeks to Assure Residents About Its Immigration Policy

Los Angeles police officials say they will only enforce federal immigration laws on suspects convicted of serious crimes. The LAPD's policy is more modest than a plan being implemented by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.