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

Excessive force verdict in Skid Row killing leads to $1.9M settlement

This was the first case in which officers' body cams captured the fatal shooting of a suspect. It sparked angry protests over how the LAPD treats the mentally ill on Skid Row.

Parents of teenager killed by LA Sheriff’s deputies sue

They allege excessive force. L.A. Sheriff's officials believe someone from a crowd that gathered after deputies killed 16-year-old Anthony Weber grabbed the gun the boy was allegedly carrying.

A tall order for LA Probation Department's new civilian oversight panel

The L.A. Board of Supervisors creates a commission that will have a staff and investigative power and will report to the board, rather than to the probation department.

Earlier search for Golden State Killer led to wrong man

Before they arrested Joseph DeAngelo, information from genetic websites led investigators to a 73-year-old resident of an Oregon nursing home.

How genealogical websites helped ID suspected Golden State Killer

Investigators compared DNA collected from a crime scene to online genetic profiles and found a match: a relative of Joseph James DeAngelo.

LAPD takes some credit for easing immigrants' fears of reporting crimes

Reports of sexual assault plummeted among Latinos in Trump's first months of office amid heightened rhetoric about mass deportations. The numbers are improving, the LAPD says, pointing to aggressive outreach.

2 former LA Sheriff's officials want Jim McDonnell's job

McDonnell skipped a Saturday forum, leaving the stage to retired Commander Bob Lindsey and retired Lt. Alex Villanueva.

10,000 people shouldn’t have guns in California — but it’ll take at least 4 years to get them back

The Department of Justice says it needs more money to beef up the team seizing weapons from people who are prohibited from owning them.

LA Sheriff ties $142M in overtime to 1,000 deputy vacancies

The vacancies and a budget deficit have forced the sheriff to postpone plans to equip nearly 6,000 deputies with body cameras, according to agency officials. Here's why there are so many unfilled positions.

Who's watching the police? The state of civilian oversight in Southern California

In California, relatively few law enforcement departments have civilian oversight. Where it is in place, nearly all are advisory.

Should civilians have subpoena power over the sheriff's department?

A watchdog group is pushing for an initiative to do just that. But they face stiff opposition — even from some members of the Civilian Oversight Commission.

Why a former police chief is backing a state bill to tighten standard for police shootings

When State Sen. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and  Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) introduced a bill Tuesday that would change the standard for when a police officer can shoot at a suspect, virtually nobody in law enforcement came to their support.

5 ways police shooting investigations could become more transparent

SB 1421 would end California's current prohibition on the release of information related to investigations into officer shootings and other serious uses of force.

SoCal cops charged with selling guns on the black market

Two members of the Gardena Police Department have been charged with illegally purchasing guns and selling about 100 firearms on the black market.

LAPD will make body camera videos public under new policy

The L.A. Police Commission has reversed the LAPD's prohibition on the release of video of officer-involved shootings and other serious incidents.