| Aug 5, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Los Angeles County supervisors defeated a proposal to create a civilian oversight body for the Sheriff's Department, which has been beset by scandals and federal investigations into the treatment of jail inmates.
The action Tuesday, which came nearly...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 9:18 AM
In arguing against a civilian commission to oversee the Sheriff’s Department, Richard Drooyan on Tuesday read the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors a key passage from the report on jail violence he helped write in 2012. Such a commission, he...
| Aug 16, 2014
| 10:00 AM
I just saw one of the Great Reads soundtrack bands, Jagwar Ma, at a quintessential Southern California spot: the Santa Monica Pier.
Have you been to the Thursday night twilight concerts there? It’s an evening to make you smitten with Los Angeles....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 5:57 PM
In a stinging final rebuke, the longtime civilian watchdog for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department accused top leaders of letting their worst employees run rampant, causing a series of scandals that tarnished the agency.
Merrick Bobb has been...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 9:01 PM
A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a seventh sheriff's deputy of obstructing a federal civil-rights investigation into excessive force and corruption inside the Los Angeles County jails, delivering a victory to prosecutors as they continue their probe...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 5:46 PM
The retrial of a sheriff's deputy accused of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jails began Wednesday with prosecutors portraying him as a technically adept schemer and defense attorneys arguing that he was merely following...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:34 PM
The hundreds of cameras installed inside Los Angeles County jails in response to an inmate abuse scandal have been powerful tools in vetting allegations against jailers, according to a watchdog report released Thursday.
For years, critics of the...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:06 PM
One in every four GPS devices used to track serious criminals released in Los Angeles County has proved to be faulty, according to a probation department audit — allowing violent felons to roam undetected for days or, in some cases, weeks.
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:00 PM
In more ways than one, I'm sorry to see 2013 fade into the books. Thanks to a steady run of incompetence, corruption and bungling by various public officials, it was a banner year for local news in Greater Los Angeles.
In other ways, I can't wait for...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Los Angeles authorities have one message for residents tempted to ring in 2014 with celebratory gunfire: Don't.
Sheriff's and police officials teamed up on Tuesday in an effort to reduce celebratory gunfire from New Year's Eve revelers. Firing a gun...
| Jan 1, 2014
As the New Year begins, hopeful signs abound that the U.S. economy is finally getting its mojo back. Employers are creating jobs at a faster pace, more houses are being built than at any point in the last five years, consumer spending is rising —...