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A grieving father and the cold face of authority: Are unlicensed drivers a threat to public safety?

RonKayeLA

Advocates for illegal immigrants like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa argue that illegal immigrants should be given a pass to state laws requiring driver licenses, insurance and car registration as an act of compassion for the hardships they face.

Political newcomer Joe Buscaino captures vacant L.A. council seat

LA Times blog

Police Officer Joe Buscaino, a political newcomer who captured an open Los Angeles City Council seat in a decisive win over a seasoned opponent, said in a victory speech late Tuesday night that he is an "average Joe" who is part of a "new generation of leadership."

Crowd protests impound change

LA Daily News

When Los Angeles police commissioners in Northridge asked for public opinion, they got an angry earful Tuesday about a pending plan to go easy on unlicensed drivers, mostly illegal immigrants.

LA voters go to polls today in council district race

NBC4

Los Angeles voters head to the polls today to elect a candidate in a special runoff between a political newcomer and a veteran for City Council District 15, which runs from the Harbor to Watts.

Citizens' mostly unhappy voices to be heard on L.A. plan to stop impounding cars of unlicensed drivers

LA Daily News Opinion

They've been rear-ended by immigration politics. They've been sideswiped by legal semantics. No wonder law-abiding citizens who oppose the plan to stop impounding unlicensed drivers' cars have developed a case of road rage.

L.A. council, LAPD spar over impounding cars of unlicensed illegal immigrants

Torrance Daily Breeze

A tug-of-war has developed over whether Los Angeles police should impound the cars of unlicensed drivers or let the mostly illegal immigrants arrange to have the vehicles driven home.

Crime renews lawmaker's concerns about shifting felons to counties

LA Times blog

A Republican lawmaker who opposes shifting supervision of many felons from the state to counties voiced concern Wednesday over the arrest of a Sacramento man this week on sexual assault charges a month after he was released from state prison.

Violent crimes drop in L.A. County in 2011, sheriff says

LA Times blog

Los Angeles County sheriff's officials rolled out more positive crime statistics Wednesday, boasting a 14% drop in violent crime in 2011 compared to the year before.

In light of police deaths, training is scrutinized

USA Today

The recent surge in fatal police shootings is weighing heavily on law enforcement trainers, some of whom are calling for a reassessment of high-risk fugitive and drug raids that have resulted in a number of deadly ambushes.

State convicts arrive in L.A. County with costly mental illnesses

LA Times

Newly released state prisoners are arriving in Los Angeles and other counties with incomplete medical records and mental illnesses that have officials struggling to provide treatment.

A steep drop in crime, but do you feel safer?

LA Times

L.A. had fewer crimes last year than it did in 1957 — the mayor calls the numbers 'mind-boggling' — but the statistics may not be equally reassuring to everyone.

FBI changes definition of rape to include men as victims

USA Today

The FBI is changing its long-standing definition of rape for the first time to include sexual assaults on males following persistent calls from victims advocates who claim that the offense, as currently defined in the agency's annual crime report, has been undercounted for decades.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says this week's crime is no omen of trouble ahead

LA Daily News

Sure, crime was down in 2011, yet again. But 2012 has really gotten off to a bad start.

Six Officers Shot, One Dead in Utah Gunfight

LawOfficer

One officer was killed and five other drug task force members and a suspect were wounded in a gunfight Wednesday evening while serving a search warrant in an Ogden neighborhood, authorities said.

Suspect faces life term in arson rampage

LA Times

Harry Burkhart's 'rage against Americans' inspired a four-day rampage, prosecutors say. More charges are expected as bail is set at $2.85 million.

Despite weak economy, crime in Los Angeles County still declines

LA Times

There were thousands fewer crimes reported in 2011 than 2010 in areas the LAPD and Sheriff's Department patrol. The trend puzzles some but reinforces a common police view that other factors are at play.

Suspect in parole agent shooting involved in 2002 SWAT standoff

LA Times blog

A parolee apprehended Wednesday night on suspicion of shooting a parole officer after an hours-long manhunt was involved in a standoff with SWAT officers in the same general area in 2002, law enforcement authorities told The Times.

New handgun regulation faces federal lawsuit

California Watch

A new California law that prohibits the carrying of an unloaded handgun in public already is under legal attack.

L.A. arson suspect's mother in federal custody on German warrant

LA Times blog

The mother of the suspect in a string of arson fires in Los Angeles was arrested last week at the request of the German government.

Tip from federal officials was big break in L.A. fires

LA Times blog

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said the key break in the L.A. serial arson investigation came Saturday night when federal officials recognized a "person of interest" in the fires.

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