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

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.

LA sheriff seeks public input on drones

In January, the department became the first local law enforcement agency to deploy a drone. Now it wants your opinion on its use. It's taking comments through July 13.

Rejecting the boot camp approach at LA's new juvenile probation facility

The L.A. County Probation Department has re-opened Camp Kilpatrick as Campus Kilpatrick - an effort to emphasize learning and rehabilitation.

Mexican Mafia ordered hits inside LA County jails, FBI says

The state’s most violent prison gang may be a bigger presence in county jails in the wake of California's effort to reduce its prison population.

OC law & order: ACLU’s scathing report on jails, and Sheriff Hutchens’ decision to retire

After almost a decade in office, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens decided she will not be seeking reelection.

Chief: More LAPD cadets may have ridden in stolen squad cars

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck would not say how many more teenage cadets may have been involved in the scandal. The civilian police commission orders a review.

Sheriff’s oversight panel ponders what needs fixing

The nine-member civilian panel overseeing the L.A. County Sheriff's Department seeks to answer a critical question: Which issues should it tackle to influence change?