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

Judge balks at Baca plea deal

A federal judge rejected a plea deal for former L.A. Sheriff Baca, saying the deal — with a maximum sentence of six months — would trivialize the seriousness of his offenses.

Dialogue seeks to improve LAPD-community relations

More than 100 people gathered for the "Days of Dialogue" meeting with LAPD officers.

Police commission says officers' shooting of black woman was 'within policy'

L.A. Board of Police Commissioners says fatal shooting by LAPD officers was justified after she approached them with a knife.

Police commission to consider fatal shooting of South LA black woman

The commission meets as tensions grow over the police killings of African Americans and the sniper deaths of five police officers in Dallas last week.

Dallas attacks represent 'schism' in America, LAPD chief says

Police officers across Southern California are wearing black bands across their badges to mourn the deaths of five of their colleagues in Dallas.

LA sheriff searching for murderer of 4-year-old Altadena boy

Sleepy Altadena was rocked by tragedy this week when a 4-year-old boy was shot and killed on his front porch Tuesday night.

Experts question tactics after CHP shoots unarmed man

Highway Patrol officers shot Pedro Villanueva when he allegedly drove at them. Experts say police should generally move out of the way of moving cars, not shoot the driver.

Violent crime up this year in LA, LAPD says

The rate of increase has slowed from last year, but the rise in violent crime has police leaders concerned. Criminologists say its too early to declare a trend.

US Attorney General urges wider use of social media by LA police

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made her comments during a live-stream event at the new Facebook facility in Playa Vista.

Former LA County undersheriff sentenced to 5 years, out as Gardena mayor

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was convicted of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for attempting to thwart an investigation into jail violence.

Family of man shot by Long Beach police awarded $2.9 million

Long Beach police officers said they believed Tyler Woods was reaching for a gun in his waistband and shot him 19 times as he climbed on top of a roof following a foot chase.

All LAPD patrol officers will wear body cameras by 2018

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved a $69.6 million plan to place body worn cameras on 7,000 Los Angeles patrol officers by the end of 2017.

LA City Council looks to revive LAPD body camera program

Earlier this year, the City Council balked at a $58 million dollar price tag for the camera system. A new report suggests savings from lawsuits could offset the cost.

Facing prison, former Sheriff Baca discloses he has Alzheimer's

Federal prosecutors want former L.A. Sheriff Lee Baca to serve six months in prison. Defense attorneys argue his Alzheimer's and reformer legacy warrant a lighter sentence.

Grim Sleeper serial killer sentenced to death

Lonnie Franklin Jr., who killed at least 10 women in South Los Angeles, has been sentenced to death. The so-called "Grim Sleeper" is one of L.A's most notorious killers.