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

German fugitive mother of LA arson suspect tells judge her son might have been taken by Nazis

The mother of Harry Burkhart — the suspect in more than 50 Los Angeles arson fires — told a federal judge Tuesday that her son is mentally ill and suggested he might have been taken by the Nazis.

Judge grants class-action status to lawsuit for mentally-ill immigrants

A federal judge in Los Angeles has granted class action status in a lawsuit involving mentally-ill immigrants who face deportation.

City attorney issues stats on Occupy LA arrests, trials

The Los Angeles City Attorney Wednesday gave its latest accounting of the nearly 300 Occupy L.A. protestors arrested outside City Hall last month when the months-old encampment was shut down by police on Nov. 30.

Los Angeles Urban Peace Academy graduates second class of former gang members

A class of 30 former gang members graduated from The Los Angeles Urban Peace Academy Tuesday. The academy is the first in the country to help ex-gangsters become intervention workers.

LA's jail violence commission wants secret testimony

Members of the Los Angeles Citizen’s Commission on Jail Violence on Monday said they may want to allow sheriff’s deputies to provide testimony in secret. The panel, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, is examining inmate abuse by deputies.

Shooting suspect kills self, 2 others in SoCal Edison office attack

A shooting has been reported at an office building that houses Southern California Edison in Irwindale, leaving the alleged gunman dead. Two others were killed, with two additional people wounded and in the hospital, in stable condition. One of the two who were killed by the gunman died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

New battle over 3 Strikes law looms

The Three Strikes debate returns to California next year. Thursday, State Attorney General Kamala Harris issued the title and summary for a proposed ballot initiative designed to roll back the state's Three Strikes law – the toughest in the nation.

Ballot measure would relax California 3 Strikes law, which some say is draconian

This week, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is expected to issue the title and summary for the Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012. The initiative would require that a criminal’s third strike be serious or violent for him or her to receive a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, bringing California in line with other states. Backers will need to collect more than half a million signatures by April to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Hollywood Freeway section dedicated to slain sheriff's deputy Juan Escalante

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Tuesday dedicated a section of the Hollywood Freeway in honor of Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. Three years ago, a group of gang members confronted Escalante outside his Cypress Park home as he prepared to head to work at the downtown jail. Police say that when Escalante identified himself as a sheriff’s deputy and pulled his gun, they shot and killed him. He was 27.

Occupy LA Raid from inside the park - Frank Stoltze on a tents situation

Off-Ramp host John Rabe was kept out of the encampment after the LAPD raid started, but KPCC's Frank Stoltze was part of the media pool allowed to witness the arrests firsthand. John and Frank met across the street from City Hall Friday morning to recount what Frank saw.

Occupy LA sues: What are their chances?

Occupy LA supporters are asking a federal judge to bar the city from tearing down their tent city on the lawn near City Hall where they've been since Oct. 1. The city has until tomorrow to respond to a filing in L.A. Superior Court on which five protesters are named as plaintiffs. How likely is it they'll get their way?

Occupy LA eviction deadline passes, protesters remain

The deadline for Occupy L.A. protesters to evacuate their encampment at City Hall passed relatively peacefully Monday morning. As of 3 a.m., Los Angeles police had yet to forcibly evict protesters. There were no reports of arrests.

LA councilman proposes medical marijuana clinic ban

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar Wednesday proposed an outright ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

City officials say they will evict encampment next week

Negotiators for Occupy L.A. protesters said they were told by city officials today that they will have to move their City Hall encampment "sometime next week" and possibly as early as Monday. Deputy Mayor Matt Szabo has confirmed.

Responsible Banking Ordinance goes before LA City Council committee

The Los Angeles City Council’s budget committee Monday debated a proposed Responsible Banking Ordinance. The measure, with strong backing from Occupy L.A. protesters, seeks to compel the city to do business with socially responsible banks.