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

Jury deadlocks on obstruction of justice case against former Sheriff Baca

Panel told lawyers they split 11-1 in favor of acquittal. Prosecutors must decide whether to retry Baca to attempt to prove a jail abuse cover-up went all the way to the top.

Baca Trial: Tale of tense showdown concludes prosecution's case

The prosecution made its case over four days. The defense expects to take just a day and half, unless Baca decides to take the witness stand.

Baca trial: Key FBI agent takes the stand

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca is accused of blocking the FBI's investigation into brutality in the jails back in 2011. The prosecution is expected to rest Thursday.

Baca trial: Former deputy describes tense standoff over jail records

Much of the testimony has focused on the handling of an inmate who was working as an FBI informant. Baca is facing obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.

Baca faces old employees in corruption trial

Baca, 74, faces three charges including obstruction of justice. On Friday, former sheriff's deputies took the stand, testifying against their former boss.

Police boost security after bomb threat to LA Metro

L.A. police and sheriff's deputies are beefing up security at the city's Metro stations after receiving information about a bomb threat to the Universal City station.

Fatal officer shooting inquiry unresolved as DA Lacey sworn in

Activists criticize Jackie Lacey for not concluding an investigation into the 2015 case of an LAPD officer fatally shooting an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

San Bernardino cops reflect one year after terrorist attack

One year after a mass shooting left 14 dead and 22 injured, Chief Jarrod Burguan says his department is forever changed and is investing in tools to prevent terror.

Mosques ask congregations to be vigilant after threatening letters

After a handful of local mosques received the letters, local Islamic leaders are telling their congregations to go about their business — but to be wary and contact police if needed.

Judge defers ruling on LA Sheriff Baca Alzheimer’s defense

The federal judge said he will issue a written ruling on whether to allow the testimony of an Alzheimer’s expert in the upcoming trial of the former L.A. sheriff.

3 things to know about police bias and the LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday promised more steps to address any explicit and implicit biases among offers, though challenges remain. Here are some takeaways.

LAPD report on biased policing finds problem is more perception than reality

The report details reforms in effect and a trained, diverse department. Critics say it fails to acknowledge African-Americans' experiences.

Criminal justice reforms roll on in California

After decades of enacting longer prison sentences and building more lockups, California is relaxing its criminal penalties, much to the chagrin of police leaders.

LA County jail problems linger with big legal settlements

An FBI investigation and Blue Ribbon panel has led to big reforms in LA county jails. But jail deaths from many years ago are still being settled in court.

Inglewood officials mum on police shooting that killed 2

The February shooting has gotten far less attention than other shootings by the LAPD and L.A. Sheriff's Department, but activists say it is nonetheless troubling.