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

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.

Los Angeles sued over gang injunctions affecting thousands

The suit says an estimated 10,000 mainly black and Latino men face parole-like restrictions without having a previous court hearing or other chance to prove they aren't gang members.

A tough night in South LA for District Attorney Jackie Lacey

It was supposed to be a community town hall with L.A. County's top prosecutor engaging in a Q&A with community activists and residents. It wasn't.

Police Commission approves sweeping reforms for LAPD

The reforms are aimed at reducing the number of officer-involved shootings in LA. Among them: Re-writing the LAPD's policy to make lethal force a last resort.

Police Commission considers policy changes for the LAPD

Among them: that the LAPD's use of force policy state that deadly force is a "last resort," and that the department release body cam footage after a shooting.

LA County to approve $1.5 million for man killed by deputy

Kenneth Rivera's sons sued the county after their father was shot in the back by an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy. A settlement in that case is expected this week.

LA County sheriff's sergeant shot, killed; suspect arrested

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Owen was shot and killed on Wednesday, a department spokesperson said at a press conference.

LAPD releases security camera video in fatal police shooting

Police say the footage shows 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. was armed with a handgun when officers shot and killed him on Saturday.

Finally, former gangsters can set the record straight

Under a new law, police must inform anyone who is added to the state's gang member database. It also allows people to file an appeal and have their names removed.

LAPD says its taking better care of inmates

An audit last spring found that the LAPD wasn't checking on inmates often enough in its downtown jail. The department says they've since made reforms.

California to use a new tool to track police shootings

On Thursday, the California Department of Justice launched a new database expected to shed new light on shootings, and other uses of force, by police officers.

California launches database to track police shootings

Under a new state law, all 800+ police agencies in the state must report serious use of force cases for 2016. That data will go online for the public in January.