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Frank Stoltze is an award-winning correspondent who currently covers criminal justice and public safety issues for KPCC.
Frank reports on racial bias, community policing, gangs, the use of force, technology, and generally what works and what doesn’t at law enforcement agencies in the region.
Over more than two decades in Southern California, Frank has covered L.A. City Hall, national political conventions and all manner of breaking news – from the Rodney King riots to wildfires, earthquakes and the death of Michael Jackson. His awards include Golden Mikes for coverage of Skid Row and a documentary on the historic recall of California Governor Gray Davis.
Frank was named a Distinguished Journalist by the L.A. Society of Professional Journalists and was twice awarded Radio Journalist of the Year by the L.A. Press Club. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Center on Media, Crime and Justice and USC’s Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism.
After graduating from Southern Methodist University, Frank first reported for radio in San Luis Obispo, covering the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is a contributor to NPR, the BBC, The Takeaway and The California Report. Frank is based at KPCC’s downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.
Stories by Frank Stoltze
An investigation by the CHP found then-L.A. Sheriff's Deputy Kamal Jannah was "grossly negligent" when he crashed into a Ford Explorer, killing two people in Palmdale.
After the civilian panel's 5-4 vote, Sheriff Jim McDonnell said the department's lone unarmed drone "is too important as a public safety tool to ground the program."
The proposed facility would replace Men's Central Jail. Activists say jail is not the appropriate place to treat people with mental health problems.
The court-appointed monitor says in his bi-annual report that the Sheriff's Department may have underestimated how long it will take to substantially improve care.
The officer was speaking with the man outside the store when a confrontation broke out.
The court said the officers failed to prove Chief Charlie Beck discriminated against them because they were Latino and the man one of them shot was black.
Giancarlo Scotti, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting the women in the early morning hours after getting the women alone somewhere inside the lockup.
Touted as "landmark" legislation, the bill falls short of what its author, State Sen. Kevin de Leon, and immigrant rights advocates had hoped for.
The L.A. Police Commission's inspector general found lax oversight of crucial equipment, including shotguns, tasers and the keys to squad cars.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell says it would benefit the public and his deputies to release videos - unless they involve an ongoing investigation or a violation of privacy.
L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell wants the Board of Supervisors to approve a $55 million-a-year plan to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras.
The California Supreme Court said the massive amounts of data collected by license plate reader programs cannot be kept secret by police.
Jonathan Salcido's family is filing a legal claim, alleging officers "brutally killed" him after his mother sought help getting him to a psychiatric hospital.
The Trump administration Monday lifted President Obama's restrictions on which military surplus police and sheriffs can receive. The L.A. Sheriff is mulling his options.
With Gov. Brown throwing his weight behind "cost-effective and fair" reform, advocates hope to change a system that they say discriminates against poorer defendants.