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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the Los Angeles Police Commission considers loosening restrictions on making LAPD officers' body cam videos public, KPCC has found that other cities in L.A. County have varying policies on the matter.
Attorneys say the agency has not been clear about its operations at LAX since President Trump issued his executive order Friday, refusing to say how many people its officers have detained and deported.
The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, created to watchdog the sheriff's department, held its first meeting and heard about a range of concerns.
Fontana police say James Hall - who had schizophrenia and was legally blind - advanced on officers before they fired, but the video does not show him advancing.
The CHP officers fatally shot Pedro Villanueva as he drove his truck towards them. The practice of shooting at moving cars has been banned by the LAPD and LA Sheriff's Department unless there is no other way to escape.
Across California, 30 police agencies use drones to gather intelligence on barricaded suspects and in search and rescue operations. Privacy concerns remain.
The union that represents nearly 10,000 rank and file LAPD backs the proposal, which would create all-civilian panels to review police misconduct. Studies show civilians are more lenient with cops.
Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.
The department has just 10 mental evaluation teams. Response times often top half an hour. Supervisors OK'ed a plan to expand the number to 23, and create a 24-hour triage desk.
Up until 2014, crime in the city had been falling. But for the past two years, robberies, aggravated assaults and murders have been on the rise. Criminologists can't say for certain what's behind the increase, and they say crime overall remains at historic lows.
Across California, police are grappling with the best way to handle millions of hours of video recorded by officers. The Pasadena PD decided to prohibit the release of footage to the public. Now it's changed its mind.