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

The split over subpoena power for LA Sheriff oversight

Organizing group is split on subpoena power for the LA Sheriff's oversight commission. The sheriff and the deputies' union oppose it. State law complicates it.

$1.5M settlement for man slain by LA deputy

County Board of Supervisors agrees to pay $1.5 million to the family of a man slain by LA deputy in 2012. The deputy was accused of planting a gun in another case.

Can a new LAPD captain win over the citizens of South LA?

Two unarmed men died in the last year during stops by officers from LAPD's Newton Division. The chief has sent a new captain. Can one man make a difference?

LA Deputy Mayor Eileen Decker named US Attorney

Eileen Decker will lead one of the largest U.S. Attorneys offices in the country. She will become one of the nation's top federal prosecutors.

Parents get $800K after county workers remove their children

Amid increased scrutiny of how L.A. County handles child abuse cases, the Board of Supervisors agrees to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by two parents.

Ezell Ford case: LAPD officer had history in neighborhood

LAPD Officer Sharlton Wampler has patrolled the neighborhoods of South LA since at least 2008. He and another officer fatally shot the unarmed Ezell Ford in August.

What happens to those named in LAPD 'suspicious activity reports'?

The LAPD's SAR program is a national model for reporting suspicious activity related to terrorism. But critics say it sweeps up innocent people.

LAPD had 35 suspected ‘suicide by cop’ incidents in 30 months

The LAPD Inspector General reviewed a series of shootings over a 30 month period and identified common characteristics in apparent suicide-by-cop cases.

Mayor: Increasing LAFD diversity won’t threaten service

A study commissioned by the mayor is critical of the Los Angeles Fire Department's recruiting process. The agency is half white and nearly entirely male.

How to improve police relations: Eat a donut with a cop

A panel of law enforcement leaders and activists produces tension, but also some ideas on how to solve strained relations between police and some minority communities.

5 views of LAPD community policing strategies

Five people directly involved with community policing in Los Angeles offer their views on how far the LAPD has come. Despite improved relations, deadly encounters with unarmed civilians continue.

LA sheriff: Decline of gangs helped push crime down in 2014

The drop in crime in areas patrolled by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department stands in contrast to an increase in the LAPD's crime rate.

Democrats circle to replace US Senator Boxer

Nobody immediately announced their candidacy, but political observers say the competition may be intense to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Ezell Ford shooting: LAPD inspector general frustrated by lack of witnesses

An attorney for the Ezell Ford family says witnesses dispute the LAPD's account of the fatal shooting of Ford. But none will speak - even to the inspector general.

Ezell Ford: 3 disputed facts in police shooting

LAPD officials are frustrated that no witnesses to the shooting will cooperate with them. The Ford family's attorney says the witnesses don't trust the LAPD.