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

Police Commission launches review of LAPD video release policy

The LAPD generally prohibits the release of all video from cameras worn by officers and mounted inside patrol cars. The public is invited to suggest policy changes.

Ex-LA County Sheriff Lee Baca found guilty in corruption scheme

After two days of deliberations, a jury found former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca guilty of obstruction of justice, conspiracy and lying.

3 dead in 5 days at Los Angeles County jails

The series of deaths worries jail watchdogs, given past documentation of widespread inmate neglect in the jails, which led to federal monitoring.

County leaders consider change to how bail is set for jail inmates

L.A. County supervisors could change the bail system so that inmates would be released based on their criminal history and risk to the community, not on their ability to pay a set amount.

Attorney: 'Uphill battle' to keep immigrant dad in US

Immigration agents arrested Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez on Feb. 28, after he dropped one of his daughters off at school. He's been living in the U.S. for 25 years, according to his attorney.

LAPD identifies off-duty officer in Anaheim shooting

Officer Kevin Ferguson has been on the force less than four years. Meantime, a KPCC analysis found off-duty officers are more likely to be charged with a crime than on-duty cops.

LA city attorney asks ICE to stop identifying as 'police'

For years, immigration agents have identified themselves as “police” during raids. LA City Attorney Mike Feuer wants them to stop, as President Trump plans more deportations.

Suspect who shot, killed Whittier police officer identified

Sheriff's detectives accuse Michael Mejia, 26, of killing a 27-year-veteran of the Whittier Police Department and wounding his partner after a traffic call Monday.

Pasadena ends agreement with immigration authorities

Activists worried the agreement could have been used to force Pasadena police to help detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who had committed no crime.

LA City Council votes to decriminalize street vending

For years, street cart vending was considered a crime punishable by a misdemeanor in the city of LA. Now, the penalty is a $250 ticket. The council moved quickly on the policy change so that vendors wouldn't be exposed to possible deportation.

San Bernardino shooting: Enrique Marquez Jr. agrees to guilty plea

Enrique Marquez Jr. has agreed to plead guilty to conspiring with San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to provide material support to terrorists in 2011 and 2012.

Report: LAPD mediation works – when officers, residents show up

Three years ago the LAPD invited residents to report when they felt an officer treated them unfairly. The department also offered residents the chance to meet face-to-face with the officer and a professional mediator. But, a new report shows, in many cases, residents did not want to meet.

LAPD Ezell Ford shooting prompted changes, but still hotly debated

While Chief Charlie Beck and many in the rank and file say the shooting of Ezell Ford was justified, police leaders recognized the uproar over it and shootings across the country demanded a response.

City approves $1.5 million settlement with family of Ezell Ford

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a multi-million dollar settlement with the family of Ezell Ford, a 25-year-old shot and killed by LAPD officers in 2014.

Court weighs halting release of police video of shootings

Judges considering a case involving a 2013 shooting of an unarmed man by Gardena police are questioning whether video releases should be put on hold to offer a chance of appeal.