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 County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Is Taking A Personal Interest In Addressing Unhoused People In Venice Beach

When L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva arrived in Venice earlier this month in a cowboy hat promising to clear its famous boardwalk of homeless people, he seemed to surprise just about everybody.

The Latest From Echo Park As City Issues Deadline For Park To Be Cleared

The Los Angeles Police Department and city officials now say all unhoused people living at Echo Park Lake must leave by 10:30 tonight.

LA Sheriff Villanueva Has Run Up A $63M Deficit; Supervisors Consider Hiring Freeze

Less than a year into the job, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is coming under fire for overspending his budget by $63 million and refusing to do anything about it.

East LA Sheriff's Deputies File Suit Claiming Harassment, Violence By 'Banditos' Clique

In one of the more explosive allegations, the lawsuit claims Banditos declined to provide backup to deputies they don't like, endangering them and the public.

LA Sheriff's Oversight Panel Calls For Removal Of ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Fort Apache Logo

They said it "serves as a constant reminder of the real and perceived tension between the community and the East Los Angeles sheriff station."

Sheriff Denies Knowledge Of 'Degrading' Strip Search

A spokesman for Alex Villanueva said men are barred from being present during strip searches of women, and that Villanueva had no involvement in the process.

A Top LA Sheriff's Department Official Quit Over The 'Unethical' Order To Rehire Fired Deputy Mandoyan

We dive deep into the case of a deputy who was fired over allegations of domestic abuse, then rehired by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

The Banditos And Other LA Sheriff's Deputy Groups Are Now Being Investigated By The FBI

The FBI is asking about the Bandito hierarchy and recruitment practices, whether the clique encourages criminal conduct, and whether Banditos have planted drugs on suspects. They have also asked whether the sheriff himself is a member.

LA's Sheriff Rehired A Deputy Who Is Now Being Called Unfit To Wear A Badge And Gun

We dive deep into the case of a deputy who was fired over allegations of domestic abuse, then rehired by Sheriff Alex Villanueva.

LA Sheriff Trying To Fashion A Policy To Deal With Deputy Cliques

KPCC has learned that L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva sent the Civilian Oversight Commission a draft policy on deputy cliques in March, and that one commission member sent it back to him with suggested changes, because she felt it was "pretty thin."

Protests Over Fatal Shooting Help Force LA Sheriff's Civilian Watchdog Panel To Cut Meeting Short

The L.A. County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission cut short its meeting Tuesday, in part because of angry protests over the killing of Ryan Twyman by two deputies.

LA Supes Fund Body Cams for Sheriff's Dept., But Timing Of Deployment Still Unclear

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to allocate another $10 million for the Sheriff's Department to place body cameras on deputies. But it remains unclear when that will actually happen.

LA Sheriff's Dept. Drafting Policy On Deputy Cliques

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says it's drafting a policy to address deputy cliques, some of which have been found to promote misconduct and even violence.

The Ryan Twyman Shooting Raises Questions About LA Sheriff's Policy On Shooting At Cars

When two L.A. Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Ryan Twyman as he slowly drove his car in reverse earlier this month, they may have been violating a strict policy instituted by the department three years ago. Deputies are essentially prohibited from shooting at moving vehicles unless a weapon is present. No gun was found in Twyman's car. KPCC's Frank Stoltze dives into the evolution of the policy about shooting at moving cars.

Lots Of Unanswered Questions In Fatal Costco Shooting

There are still lots of unanswered questions four days after an off-duty LAPD officer fatally shot a 32-year-old mentally impaired man after he allegedly attacked him inside a Costco in Corona.