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

A daycare center fronting for a major cocaine dealer?

Law enforcement arrested a man and his son and seized more than 20 kilos of cocaine at the Highland Park home that served as a daycare center.

California reconsiders lifetime registration for sex offenders

The legislation would end automatic lifetime registration for sex offenders, regardless of the seriousness of the crime. Many in law enforcement support it.

LA police commission finds officer shooting unjustified

The shooting occurred in June 2016 during heightened patrols in South LA by the department's elite Metropolitan Division.

600 LA deputies will be packing naloxone kits

To fight opioid overdoses, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell decides to equip deputies with a nasal spray that can halt overdoses.

LA County drops $50 public defender fee for criminal defendants

The fee is a "barrier to justice," said one public defender. It isn't supposed to be charged if a person can't afford it, but it often is, according officials.

Report yields new details on fatal Inglewood police shooting

A confidential report says police used an airhorn and sirens to try to rouse a man and woman found unconscious in their car. It does not explain why police shot them.

5 unanswered questions in Inglewood police shooting

Last year's fatal shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, by Inglewood police sparked angry protests and questions about what exactly happened.

5 Inglewood cops involved in fatal shooting are off the force

The shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marqintan Sandlin, 32, in Inglewood sparked angry protests and left questions that remain unanswered.

Supreme court overturns $4M award to couple shot by LA deputies

The case involves a Lancaster couple shot as sheriff's deputies were looking for a parolee. The ruling makes it harder to sue when officers shoot the wrong person.

LA supes eye $3.3M payout to family of man killed by deputies

L.A. County sheriff's deputies opened fire on John Berry as he slowly backed his car towards them. The 31-year-old was unarmed and having a schizophrenic episode.

LA Sheriff's oversight panel asks for shooting, discipline data

The Civilian Oversight Commission voted unanimously to urge the sheriff to release a wide swath of data, including narratives describing deputy-involved shootings.

Measure C: 5 thorny questions ahead for LAPD discipline

Now that LA voters have decided they want more civilians on LAPD discipline panels by passing Measure C, the city council must figure out the details of how that will work.

LA City Council approves $9.2 billion budget

The council voted Thursday to approve a $9.2 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-2018. It calls for millions to cover services such as street and sidewalk repair, homelessness aid and police and fire protection.

5 things immigrant advocates want from LAPD in Trump era

Activists want LAPD's nearly 40-year-old directive against arrests made solely for immigrations violations amended in the face of a federal crackdown on those here illegally.

Police Commission holds hearing on LAPD-ICE cooperation

The commission hopes to allay fears the LAPD is working with federal immigration authorities. Some advocates say the department remains too close to ICE.