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

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.

Family of Ezell Ford reaches conditional settlement in wrongful death suit

Ezell Ford was fatally shot by police in August 2014. The District Attorney's office has not yet said whether it plans to bring charges against the officers.

New sheriff’s oversight commission called ‘game changer’

The nine member commission is charged with watchdogging the sprawling sheriff's department, and adding a new layer of accountability at the county.

LA supervisors to vote on civilian oversight of sheriff

After three years of wrangling, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is expected to approve a 9-member civilian panel to watchdog the sheriff's department.

Hahn, Napolitano vie for powerful Los Angeles county seat

The race to succeed current supervisor Don Knabe on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors pits one of his top deputies against a big name in L.A. politics.