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

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.

State prison inmates threaten to overwhelm LA County

Los Angeles County officials are struggling to deal with an influx of former state prison inmates to the county. Thousands of non-serious and non-violent criminals now fall under the supervision of the counties as part of California's plan to reduce its prison population. Some fear illegal activities are bound to spring up in its wake.

Frank Stoltze talks pot and heroin at Drug Policy Reform Conference

These are the questions asked at the 2011 Drug Policy Reform Conference held in downtown LA recently: will California, Washington State or Colorado vote to legalize marijuana in 2012? What are the solutions to the national overdose crisis that takes more lives than car accidents or gun violence? Why do blacks go to jail for drugs at 13 times the rate of whites even though they use and sell drugs at similar rates? KPCC's Frank Stoltze toured the conference and met a mom with two sons addicted to heroin, a Montanan fighting his state's lawmakers, and a cannabis journalist whom he asks, "Do we know if Jesus smoked pot?"

Commission examining LA County jail violence convenes

The Citizen's Commission tasked with examining violence inside L.A. County jails held its first meeting today and selected former federal judge Lourdes Baird as chair.

300,000 LA children live in gangland

Crime rates in Los Angeles may be at historic lows, but 300,000 children still live in so-called "hot zones of gang violence," according to a new report released Thursday by The Advancement Project and Violence Prevention Coalition, a nonprofit group that focuses on civil rights and public policy in Los Angeles. The new report breaks down the city by zip code and examines which neighborhoods are safest.

Realignment sends more inmates to already crowded LA County jails

Los Angeles County supervisors are scheduled to hear an update Tuesday on how prison realignment is affecting L.A. County jails. One report suggested the influx of new inmates will force more early releases.

Southern California veterans struggle with PTSD

What was once called "battle fatigue" afflicts hundreds of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans. Post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes surfaces in a suicide, but more often chips away at the emotional well-being of veterans trying to re-enter the society they went to war to protect.

Navy veteran describes sexual assault

To date, 22 million Americans have served in the military. Many of them see the trauma of war. A few experience a different kind of horror — at the hands of fellow service members. One of them was Paul Casey.

Furutani, Buscaino to compete for Hahn's City Council seat in January runoff

Los Angeles police officer Joe Buscaino and Assemblyman Warren Furutani will square off in a Jan. 17 runoff election in their bids for the 15th District seat on the City Council.

VA seeks to help homeless veterans in Los Angeles

The debate rages over how well the federal Department of Veterans Affairs helps the more than 8,000 homeless men and women living on the streets of Los Angeles. Earlier this year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the VA. It accused the agency of failing to provide adequate help to homeless vets at its sprawling 400-acre West L.A. campus.