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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
Joe Buscaino, a San Pedro native beat State Assemblyman Warren Furutani.
The City Council's 15th district race, which voters will decide on Tuesday, pits politico Warren Furutani against upstart former LAPD sergeant Joe Buscaino.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Police Chief Charlie Beck say the city’s youth programs helped reduce gang-related crimes by 15 percent last year.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Supervisor Gloria Molina clashed Tuesday over jail reforms.
The mother of a German man suspected in more than 50 arson fires throughout Los Angeles over New Year's weekend made a second appearance in court Friday. Dorothee Burkhart was detained the day before the fires started last week, held on a provisional arrest warrant from Germany.
The man suspected of setting more than 50 fires in the Los Angeles area appeared wobbly in a hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon. Harry Burkhart, 24, has been charged with 37 felony counts of arson. His arraignment was postponed to Jan. 24. Bail is now set at $2.85 million.
Joe Torre has resigned from his executive vice president post with Major League Baseball to pursue ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a Rick Caruso-led group that will be going to bat to bid on the team.
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.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has granted class action status in a lawsuit involving mentally-ill immigrants who face deportation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.