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

Why is LA County Sheriff Villanueva fighting so hard to keep a deputy accused of domestic abuse?

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

LA County will go to court to try to force re-fired deputy to turn in gun and badge

Shortly after taking office, Sheriff Alex Villanueva rehired Caren Carl Mandoyan, who had lost his job as an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy in 2016 following allegations of domestic abuse and stalking. L.A. County officials are rejecting that decision, telling Mandoyan he's off the payroll.

After 25 years behind bars, man walks free after murder conviction vacated

Michael Tirpak was convicted of first degree murder in 1996 for being the alleged getaway driver for men who killed a man during an attempted robbery. He always maintained his innocence, saying he did not know his companions were going to commit a crime.

LA's sheriff says jail reform has failed. We went inside to find out

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says attacks on guards are up and has argued his deputies need a freer hand to use force. Watchdogs say the sheriff is using faulty statistics. So what is really going on?

Mental health jail or mental health hospital? LA County Board of Supervisors to vote on county jail replacement

There's general agreement that the aging Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. needs to be torn down.

Here's how LA's sheriff plans to deploy body cameras for a lot less money

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he can outfit thousands of deputies for $13 million a year, compared with the $55 million annual price tag on a plan floated by former Sheriff Jim McDonnell.

Head of sheriff oversight panel wants to know about secret cliques

The head of the civilian commission that oversees the L.A. County Sheriff's Department says in 2019 the panel will focus on use of force, discipline, deputy behavior in the jails and investigations into reports that some deputies are still participating in secret cliques identified by tattoos.

What you should know about Alex Villanueva, who becomes LA County Sheriff today

As a deputy he pushed for a smoking ban in the jails, started a separate union, sued the department claiming racial discrimination and got a doctorate in public administration.

LA supes consider $2.5M settlement of fatal deputy shooting suit

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote on a proposed $2.5 million settlement to resolve a lawsuit filed by the family of Johnny Martinez, shot and killed in a confrontation with four sheriff's deputies in Oct.

LAPD Use of Force, Homeless Policies Addressed by New Chief

The new LAPD Chief Michel Moore Thursday laid out some of his priorities at his swearing-in ceremony at the police academy in Elysian Park. They included reducing the number of officer-involved shootings and other major uses of force and a more compassionate approach to the homeless.

LA civil rights icon John Mack dies

Mack passed away at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer. He was president of the L.A. chapter of the Urban League for more than 30 years, and served as president of the L.

LAPD releases first body cam video under new policy

The policy requires the release of footage in critical incidents within 45 days. The video released Wednesday is an edited version of a fatal incident in South L.A. It shows officers subduing a suspect who had been holding a metal pipe.

LA Supes set to vote on new jail for mentally ill inmates

On Tuesday the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a $2.2 billion plan to build a new jail in downtown that will replace the aging Men's Central Jail. The new facility would specialize in treating mentally ill inmates.

LA Supes vote to move ahead with new jail for mentally ill inmates

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move ahead with a $2.2 billion plan to demolish Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. and replace it with a 3,800-bed facility that will specialize in treating inmates with mental health problems.

Little-known retired sheriff's lieutenant forces LA sheriff into a runoff

Alex Villanueva retired earlier this year after serving in the sheriff's department for more than 30 years. Sheriff Jim McDonnell outraised him nearly 22 to one, but Villanueava parlayed his $27,000 war chest into a second-place finish in Tuesday's election with 33 percent of the vote.