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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
The nine member commission is charged with watchdogging the sprawling sheriff's department, and adding a new layer of accountability at the county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Steve Owen was shot and killed on Wednesday, a department spokesperson said at a press conference.
Police say the footage shows 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr. was armed with a handgun when officers shot and killed him on Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a rare move, the civilian panel that oversees the LAPD decided three officers violated department policy in two separate shootings last year.