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

ACLU alleges 'sadistic deputy attacks' on inmates

A federal civil rights lawsuit accuses Sheriff Lee Baca of failing to stop a pervasive culture of abuse inside L.A. County jails.

LAPD sergeant wins council seat

Joe Buscaino, a San Pedro native beat State Assemblyman Warren Furutani.

New vs. known in the 15th District

The City Council's 15th district race, which voters will decide on Tuesday, pits politico Warren Furutani against upstart former LAPD sergeant Joe Buscaino.

Beck, mayor: LA youth programs help reduce gang crime by 15 percent

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.

Sheriff Baca, Supervisor Molina clash over reforms to Men's Central Jail

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and Supervisor Gloria Molina clashed Tuesday over jail reforms.

LA arson suspect's mom tells court Nazis responsible for fires

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.

LA arson suspect makes wobbly appearance in court after being charged with 37 felony counts

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 takes a swing at Dodgers ownership, walks from MLB post

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.

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.