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

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.

LA commission reviews body-cam rules. Other cities' policies vary, KPCC finds.

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.

Immigration attorneys hit wall of silence with LAX customs officials

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.

Era of civilian oversight begins at LA Sheriff’s Department

The Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission, created to watchdog the sheriff's department, held its first meeting and heard about a range of concerns.

New video raises questions about fatal Fontana police shooting

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.

Orange County DA clears CHP officers in fatal shooting

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.

Sheriff launches first police drones in LA County

Across California, 30 police agencies use drones to gather intelligence on barricaded suspects and in search and rescue operations. Privacy concerns remain.

Plan for LAPD civilian discipline panels moves forward

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.

Brown's budget calls for build-up of rainy day fund

Gov. Jerry Brown prepares to announce his budget proposal Tuesday against a backdrop of lower state revenues and threats of federal funding cuts.

LA County to expand Sheriff's mental evaluation teams

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.

Violent crime up for second straight year in Los Angeles

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.

In reversal, Pasadena PD says it will release body cam video

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.

Sheriff's watchdog calls for review after fatal Christmas Eve shooting

Family members called 911 for help with a relative who was acting violently. Deputies later shot the man, who was holding sewing scissors. Civilian watchdogs want a review.

'Zero waste' after football games at the LA Coliseum

More than 90 percent of the trash generated during Rams and USC football games is recycled or composted, a goal set by the university, which took over management of the stadium in 2013.