Frank Stoltze

Public Safety Correspondent

Contact Frank Stoltze

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

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.

Protesters gather to welcome Trump to Los Angeles

This is Trump's first visit to the state as president. It comes as the Trump administration battles California over its refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

$2.7 million settlement in traffic stop killing by LA Sheriff’s deputy

Deputy Nathan Gillespie said he shot Miguel Hernandez because he feared he was reaching for a gun. But officials say Gillespie failed to call for backup or take time to assess the situation.

No charges for ex-LAPD officer who killed Brendon Glenn

Despite a recommendation from LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, former Officer Clifford Proctor won't be charged in the 2015 killing of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

The 3 California laws that sparked a lawsuit

The suit says California is deliberately trying to obstruct immigration enforcement with these recently passed laws. Here's what they do.

LA Police Commission wants fewer homeless arrests

The LAPD arrested more than 6,000 homeless people last year for misdemeanors like trespassing and drug offenses – even though the “guiding principle” in the mayor’s homeless strategy is “decriminalization.”

Mentally ill LA jail inmates need more ‘out-of-cell’ time, federal government says

A federal monitor says the L.A. Sheriff's Department is not giving all inmates with serious mental health problems enough time out of their cells.

Not much public feedback on LAPD's new chief hire

Few people have attended public meetings to tell city officials what they want to see in the new police chief. But commissioners say what they've heard is useful.

LAPD could rewind its position on releasing body cam video

Until now, the LAPD has banned the release of body cam video - a policy sharply criticized as defeating their purpose of transparency and accountability. The new policy would release officer-involved shooting and other videos 45 days after the incident.

What the public wants in a new LAPD chief

Compassion for the underserved. Respect for the homeless and for people with drug issues. These are some of the qualities people are seeking, according to the head of L.A.'s Police Commission.

LA Sheriff needs many more mental health teams, civilian watchdog says

The sheriff has 17 two-person teams that help deputies defuse situations. The oversight commission says he needs 60.