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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
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.
Two death penalty measures may end up on what's expected to be a crowded ballot next November. Voters last took up capital punishment in 2012.
Civil rights lawyers representing mentally ill former inmates say many of them end up homeless and back in jail within weeks or months.
Officer Ricardo Galvez was fatally shot at about 11 p.m. Wednesday in an apparent "botched robbery." Three suspects, including one juvenile, are in custody.
Five attackers may have been killed and more than 120 victims may have died in six deadly incidents in Paris, according to the city's prosecutor.
Police union leaders warn Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck's effort to encourage less use of force could lead to officer deaths.
Most officers will go their entire career without shooting at anyone. Among the shootings that took place during the five years KPCC reviewed, many involved life-saving acts of bravery.
Law enforcement agencies aren't required to report data on police shootings, and few do.
One in four people shot by officers in L.A. County between 2010 and 2015 was unarmed, and only one LAPD officer during that time was fired for violating policy.
Police in Los Angeles County fatally shoot black people at triple their proportion in the population, an analysis by KPCC has found.
The officers exited the vehicle and shot a suspect, who died at the scene. Police have yet to determine what broke the window, and no firearm was recovered.
The move comes amid a national outcry over police shootings, and officials hope equipping officers with the weapons will reduce the probability of lethal force.
A new study by the Public Policy Institute of California found that even as the state's prison population has dropped dramatically, spending on corrections went up.
Attorneys representing former L.A. County jail inmates who are mentally ill argue landmark federal reforms fall short, failing to help people as they exit county jails.