L.A. mayor and police chief visit Leimert Park after flare of violence

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By Kate Mather | LA Times July 29, 2015 Terrencé Smith smiled nervously as he plugged in his iPhone on Wednesday afternoon and hit play. A few seconds later, the 15-year-old’s voice rang clearly through the entryway of a Leimert Park performing arts center. He hoped his audience — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and […]

L.A. County homicide numbers in 2015 on pace with 2014

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Nicole Santa Cruz and Armand Emamdjomeh | LA Times |Homicide Report Posted July 10, 2015, 5 a.m. With the city experiencing its first crime surge in more than a decade, homicides countywide are on pace with last year, according to recent data from the coroner’s office. The difference is fairly small. In a county of […]

LAPD finds 1,200 guns, 2 tons of ammo in man’s home

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By The Associated Press July 21, 2015 at 7:53 AM, updated July 21, 2015 at 7:54 AM LOS ANGELES — Police investigating the death of a Los Angeles man uncovered an arsenal inside his home and garage — more than 1,200 guns and about two tons of ammunition, authorities said Monday. Los Angeles Police Department […]

‘There’s No Real Fight Against Drugs’

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Ginger Thompson | The Atlantic Jul 20, 2015 The slight man at the breakfast table seemed more like an evangelical minister than someone who once brokered deals between Mexican drug lords and state governors. He wore a meticulously pressed button-down, a gold watch, gold-rimmed glasses, and a gold cross around his neck. His dark brown […]

Why the deaths of Latinos at the hands of police haven’t drawn as much attention

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By Nicole Santa Cruz, Ruben Vives and Marisa Gerber | LA Times July 18, 2015 | 4:00 A.M. Kris Ramirez never saw police as a threat. Growing up, his body didn’t tense with us-versus-them dread when police cruisers drove through his Southeast Los Angeles neighborhood. “If someone is wearing a uniform,” Ramirez said, “you show […]

Autopsy report on state prison inmate’s death reveals gruesome details

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By Thomas Curwen | LA Times July 12, 2015 | 4:08 P.M. Not long after 24-year-old prison inmate Nicholas Rodriguez went missing, guards discovered his body nearly sawed in half, eviscerated and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall at the medium security California State Prison, Solano, in Vacaville. The discovery, which was […]

Mexico drug lord Guzman’s escape tunnel is a minor engineering masterpiece

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By Tracy Wilkinson | LA Times July 12, 2015 The tunnel stretched a mile long, from the jailhouse shower to an empty building in a cornfield, and was deep enough for drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to stand upright as he made his escape. A minor engineering masterpiece, some might say, equipped with ventilation, […]

After a 12-year decline, crime in L.A. surges in first half of 2015

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By Ben Poston and Kate Mather | LA Times July 8, 2015 Crime surged across Los Angeles in the first six months of this year despite a campaign by the Los Angeles Police Department to place more officers on the streets and target certain types of offenses. Los Angeles recorded a 12.7% increase in overall […]

Suspect arrested in murder of NOPD officer’s daughter

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By Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune July 05, 2015 at 7:59 AM, updated July 06, 2015 at 10:35 AM New Orleans police have arrested Will Reed, 20, for the murder of Milan Arriola, the daughter of New Orleans police officer Imani Ruffins and New Orleans Fire Department Capt. Roy Arriola Jr. Reed was booked […]

Mexican Mafia suspected chief Peter Ojeda and three others plead not guilty to federal racketeering and violent crime charges

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BY SEAN EMERY | STAFF WRITER | OC Register June 29, 2015 | Updated 1:21 p.m. Four suspected members of the Mexican Mafia, including a man believed to be one of the gang’s most established leaders, pleaded not guilty on Monday morning to federal racketeering and violent crimes charges. Peter Ojeda – who authorities allege […]

Supreme Court strikes down key portions of federal ‘3 Strikes’ sentencing laws

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By the Grio June 28, 2015 at 8:34 AM It’s been a busy few days for the Supreme Court, with the historic ruling on same-sex marriage as well as a ruling in Johnson v. United States that dealt a blow to federal “Three Strikes” sentencing laws. The Supreme Court heard the case against a clause […]

Las Vegas Police Take On 20,000 Gang Members

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by Rachel Christiansen | Nevada Public Radio | KNPR June 25, 2015 In Southern Nevada, about 20,000 people identify themselves as gang members. That’s about six of every 1,000 Nevada residents. That puts Nevada in the top five states for the number of gang members, according to the FBI. While many gangs originated in California, […]