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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.
Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.
Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.
Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has recommended criminal charges against Officer Clifford Proctor in the May fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.
The May 2015 shooting involved 29-year-old Brendon Glenn. Glenn, a local homeless man, was black, as was the officer. The incident sparked a public outcry.
At issue is whether former deputies should sit on the newly created Civilian Oversight Commission. Activists who called for oversight say no.
"I would much rather see members of families err on the side of seeking the order than second-guessing what they should have done in retrospect," L.A.'s city attorney said.
L.A. FBI official David Bowdich said investigators are specifically seeking information about an 18-minute gap between the deadly attack and the shootout in which both attackers were killed.
Its the second year murders are up, but one leading criminologist argues its too early for alarm. Property crimes also rose in 2015.
The law is the first in the nation that allows a judge to temporarily seize a person's guns based on concerns of family and police that the person is a threat.
The holidays bring more visitors to local jails, said officials. But most inmates will spend Christmas without seeing loved ones.
Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez has nothing good to say about an independent consultant’s report sharply critical of the 2012 fatal shooting of Kendric McDade.
Pasadena and federal officials are beefing up security and adding restrictions at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl following the mass shooting in San Bernardino.
A federal magistrate judge in Riverside ordered Enrique Marquez Jr. held without bail, after federal prosecutors argued he was a serious flight risk and danger to the public.
The video shows two deputies firing at close range, killing Noel Enrique Aguilar. Los Angeles Sheriff's officials say he was armed and tried to grab a deputy's gun.
The five-year contract with Taser International will place a body camera on every LAPD officer — and outfit each officer in the city with a stun gun.
After complaining he lacked adequate access, the Los Angeles County inspector general would now be able to look at a range of confidential files.
Police officers who were among the first to arrive to the Inland Regional Center described a "surreal" scene. "It was terrible," one said.