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

LA Sheriff's civilian oversight panel gets mixed reviews

One year after its creation, a big question remains: Can the panel effectively influence Sheriff's Department policy if it has no real authority over the sheriff?

Video: LAPD investigates after cop removes Metro rider

A video posted to Facebook shows a Los Angeles police officer pulling a young woman off the subway. She can be heard complaining that she was removed for having her feet on the seat.

LAPD Chief Beck’s successor? It could be a woman or a Latino

First Assistant Chief Michel Moore and Assistant Chiefs Beatrice Girmala and Jorge Villegas would all be contenders if they choose to seek the top job.

A son’s search for his mother after the Montecito mudslides

Robert Riskin's 61-year-old mother was missing. He and a friend put on wetsuits and waded chest deep through mud searching for her, calling out her name in the dark.

Montecito mudslides: A story of luck, loss and narrow escapes

One couple in Montecito's mandatory evacuation zone ended up staying at a friend's guesthouse in the voluntary evacuation zone. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Crowd packs Pasadena council meeting to denounce beating

It was an overflow crowd at the Pasadena City Council meeting Monday night, as nearly 200 people came out to protect the police beating of a young African-American man.

Beating sparks new calls for civilian oversight of Pasadena police

A group of activists in Pasadena say oversight is needed after police officers broke the leg of a young black man as they struggled with him during a traffic stop in November.

New US Attorney in LA hasn't said anything about the marijuana rule change

Nicola Hanna wouldn't say whether he'll prosecute marijuana distributors after Obama-era restrictions on enforcing federal pot laws were lifted.

LAPD's main worry about legal pot is stoned drivers

While noting "a new day in law enforcement," the department says it's not planning to deploy additional officers to enforce new cannabis rules.

The 5 top LA criminal justice stories of 2017

L.A. County's sheriff is convicted of corruption, the city of L.A. lifts injunctions against thousands of gang members, the state restricts law enforcement cooperation with ICE, and more.

The California law that keeps police misconduct secret

California has the most restrictive police records laws in the nation — and it's because of something called the "Pitchess process."

Should a grand jury look at LA Sheriff’s deputies?

It’s been nearly 30 years since a grand jury was convened to look at a potential problem with L.A.'s criminal justice system. Prominent attorney Charles Linder says it's time for another.

Evacuation alerts become focus after devastating fires

Governor Brown is expected to ask for millions of dollars to improve emergency alert systems throughout the state, which are mostly controlled by local authorities.

These police officers were assigned to help the homeless, but did they?

The LAPD launched its program in 2016 and its officers have contacted thousands of homeless people. But its unclear how many actually received help.

5 big numbers you should know from LA’s cash bail system

A UCLA study shows defendants and their families paid out nearly $200 million in non-refundable fees to bail agents over a five year period to get out of jail.