Frank Stoltze

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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

Update: LA County jails to get oversight committee

Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca did not show up for a key vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to create a citizen’s jail commission. The new panel is charged with examining allegations of widespread inmate abuse by Baca’s jail deputies, especially those who work at Men’s Central Jail downtown.

Baca supporters rally at LA County jail

About 50 people rallied outside Los Angeles County's Central Jail on Monday in support of Sheriff Lee Baca, who is under fire for allegations his deputies routinely beat up inmates.

California doctors' organization calls for legalizing marijuana

California's largest professional group for doctors is calling for the legalization of marijuana - even while it maintains that the drug has few proven health benefits.

Latino high school students claim racial profiling

A group of Latino high school students filed a lawsuit Thursday against Glendale school officials, city police, the LAPD and the L.A. County Probation department, alleging the agencies engaged in racial profiling when they herded the students into classrooms last year.

Watchdog says 30-plus LA sheriff’s jailers disciplined in connection with inmate beatings

Los Angeles County’s Office of Independent Review Thursday added its voice to the growing chorus of concerns about inmate abuse at L.A. County jails. In a new report, Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco said sheriff’s officials have disciplined more than 30 jail employees for beating inmates or engaging in cover-ups over the past two years.

Obie Anthony released after 1995 murder conviction overturned

Obie Anthony walked out of Los Angeles County jail Tuesday night amid the cheers and tears of his family, friends and attorneys who worked to overturn his 1995 murder conviction. It was the first time he’d stepped freely in nearly two decades — since he was 19 years old.

LAPD chief warns of longer 911 response times under realignment

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck Monday said California isn’t providing enough money for the L.A. County Probation Department to supervise former state prison inmates under its realignment plan. Beck said that’s forcing him to reassign 150 officers.

Los Angeles man's murder conviction overturned

Attorneys for Obie Anthony say they expect him to be released from Los Angeles County jail Monday. On Friday, Superior Court Judge Kelvin Filer overturned Anthony’s 17-year-old murder conviction.

LA Dems worry over how to recover from embezzlement

Democratic Party officials on Friday asked California to ease campaign contribution rules as they try to recover from the alleged embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

LA Sheriff Baca dismisses ACLU report on jail brutality

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Wednesday dismissed a report by the American Civil Liberties Union that describes deputies regularly brutalizing inmates at downtown jails. He also brushed aside the ACLU’s call for his resignation.

LA County supervisors reject 2nd Latino district

After hearing six hours of sometimes racially charged testimony, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday decided against creating a second district with a majority of Latino voters. Latino civil rights activists indicated they would file a federal Voting Rights Act lawsuit in response, noting half the county’s population is now Latino but only one of the five supervisorial districts is majority Latino.

Sources: Probation department's Donald Blevins on his way out

Though the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was in closed-door meetings today, several sources who refused to be named said the county Probation Department's chief, Donald Blevins, is being asked to step down.

LA city, county officials warn of traffic snarls as Obama visits

President Barack Obama will bring his re-election effort to the Southland today, hoping to tap into some deep Hollywood pockets to pad his campaign war chest. He lands at LAX a little before 5 p.m. Monday, after another fundraiser in San Diego, for two fundraisers in Los Angeles. Officials are warning of tough traffic around the visit.

Author Michael Connelly tells Stoltze: DNA evidence is a time machine

KPCC's law and order reporter Frank Stoltze talks with cold case LAPD detective Rick Jackson and crime novelist Michael Connelly.

Report finds increase in shootings of unarmed suspects by LA County deputies

The LA County Sheriff’s watchdog says inadequate training may have contributed to a sharp rise in so-called “state of mind” shootings – when a sheriff’s deputy mistakenly believes someone is armed. It often happens when a deputy confuses a cell phone or sunglasses for a gun.