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

LAPD to release more details on 'Grim Sleeper' arrest

The LAPD has scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference Thursday to provide more details on the arrest of a former police mechanic on charges that he’s the infamous “Grim Sleeper” serial killer. Police arrested Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 57, outside his South L.A. home, where many neighbors described him as “friendly” and “sweet.”

Quick May Day melee trial closes in LA Superior Court

Closing arguments begin today in a civil lawsuit brought by three journalists against the city of Los Angeles and its police department. Jurors in Superior Court will weigh whether to hold the LAPD responsible for physical and psychological injuries journalists claim took place in MacArthur Park during an immigration rally three years ago.

3 journalists claim LAPD officers beat them

A civil lawsuit brought by three veteran journalists against the city of Los Angeles enters its second week Monday. The journalists, including KPCC's Patricia Nazario, say LAPD officers beat them up during an immigration rights march in MacArthur Park three years ago.

Villaraigosa attorney: Official duties include free tickets

A lawyer for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa asserts that the mayor doesn’t need to report free tickets to ballgames and concerts — because attending them is part of his official duties.

LA program informs girlfriends, wives of prison inmates about HIV prevention

The Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles has launched a the new program to assist the wives and girlfriends of current and former state prison inmates to avoid H.I.V. infection.

LAPD to increase surveillance camera use at housing projects

Los Angeles plans to add 125 police cameras at public housing projects across the city.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas delays Probation Department reforms

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Tuesday blocked a vote on proposed changes at the problem-plagued Probation Department.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies involved in more alcohol-related incidents

An annual report by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review found a dramatic increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents that involves deputies.

Trial starts for journalists' May Day melee lawsuit against LA

A lawsuit brought in civil court by three veteran journalists struck by Los Angeles police officers during the 2007 MacArthur Park melee got under way Friday.

Walden House for ex-prison inmates opens in MacArthur Park

A new Los Angeles residential treatment facility for drug addicts and ex-cons is one bright spot in an otherwise sparse landscape of programs for men and women that society’s largely abandoned.

Pasadena selects new police chief

Pasadena named Santa Monica Deputy Chief Phillip Sanchez as its new chief of police Tuesday.

LA County probation chief promises reforms in wake of scathing report

Los Angeles County Probation Chief Donald Blevins Monday said he'll speed up and consolidate investigations.

Los Angeles graduates first class of gang interventionists

The Los Angeles Violence Intervention Training Academy Friday graduated its first class. The class included 27 former gang members now devoted to peacemaking in their neighborhoods.

Whitman, Poizner hope to win over GOP faithful

The two candidates for the GOP nomination for California governor spent a weekend of intense campaigning before Tuesday's primary election. The race is the most expensive primary campaign ever, as Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner seek to win over the GOP faithful.

LA Catholics welcome coadjutor archbishop

The future leader of the nation's most populous Roman Catholic archdiocese was welcomed Wednesday with standing ovations in a religious service marked by clear indications that support for immigrants will be a priority.