A judge has ordered Sheriff Lee Baca to explain why he hired unqualified officers, and he has 2 weeks to do it.
The LA Times recently reported that dozens of applicants were hired by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department although background checks turned up evidence of serious misconduct.
The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that the department made the hires in 2010 after taking over patrol of parks and government buildings from the county police force’s Office of Public Safety, and officers from that agency were given first shot at the newly created jobs.
Many of those officers manipulated their lie detector tests, although others were hired despite histories of accidentally firing their weapons, having sex at work or soliciting prostitutes.
Another officer was hired after admitting to kissing and groping a 14-year-old girl when he was 28, although he insists he was in love and did nothing wrong.
The trial of two Fullerton police officers started today, over the death of mentally ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas, who was beaten by police and ended up in “a pool of his own blood, unconscious and dying” in the street.
Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas told jurors this morning that the decision they ultimately reach will “speak as the voice and conscience of the community.”
Former Fullerton officer 39-year-old Manuel Ramos and 41-year-old former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli are charged in the man's death, with Ramos charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and Cicinelli facing involuntary manslaughter and excessive force charges.
The centerpiece of the case is likely to be a 33-minute tape from the transportation depot that was synced with audio from the officers' recorders. We posted it here for you, just in case you still haven't seen it.
Amazon.com is working on a way to get customers their goods in 30 minutes or less - by drone within the next 5 years or s.
The new service will be called "Prime Air" and it's still under development, but you can check out the prototype in the video below.
Of course, Amazon has to wait for the law to catch up to its innovation as well, since the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to create the necessary rules and regulations for such a service.
The drones will be able to carry packages that weigh up to five pounds, which covers about 86 percent of the items Amazon delivers.
Black Friday shopping this year resulted in a bunch of fights breaking out at different Walmart stores, nationwide.
Two men were arrested in the parking lot of a Walmart in Claypool, VA after getting into a fight that involved a rifle and a hunting knife.
A man and woman in Rialto, CA were arrested after cops tried to break up a fight in the parking lot and they fought back.
As cops were arresting a woman in Garfield, N.J. for spitting on another woman, a man started yelling vulgarities and grabbed a cop with both hands. He was handcuffed and arrested too.
There were also video's and reports of fights in Iowa, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Meanwhile Walmarts CEO (Bill Simon) said the company had more than 22 million shoppers Thursday and that problems were down from previous years.
An in-depth article about the actions of former LA Archbishop, Cardinal Roger Mahony, details the era that he became the leader of America's largest archdiocese, which was also at the very moment that the church was being forced to confront clergy molestation.
Because he was just 49 when he took office, he was in power for the entire arc of the abuse crisis, and ha now lived long enough to face the public's wrath.
Because of the unique way abuse lawsuits played out in California, his files on molesters became public while in most other corners of the church, they remain under lock and key.
The archdiocese's confidential personnel files were released this year as part of a massive settlement of civil lawsuits, and provides the most detailed accounting yet of how clergy abuse was handled in a U.S. diocese.
The article also shows how he chose to keep the secret abuses from being exposed to the public because it didn't fit into his agenda.
Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker was killed on Saturday, from a fiery car crash that occurred in the Santa Clarita area.
The crash investigation has ruled out that a second car was involved in a drag race of some sort and it now centers on the speed of the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, driven by Walker's racing team partner.
Earlier, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Cohen told CNN that authorities received a phone call tip Sunday suggesting that another car was at the scene when the Porsche slammed into a light pole and burst into flames.
Tire skid marks on the asphalt near the crash site indicate that a car was doing doughnut spins, but it has not been concluded that they are related to the Walker wreck.
The street has a reputation for fast drivers, which spurred a crackdown by deputies two years ago.
Walker has left behind a 15-year-old daughter.
In light of his death, here's a poignant poem called "This Beach," written by Oscar Brown Jr.
(The poem starts at 37 seconds in.)
NBC reports that Black Friday shopping took a violent turn when two women got into an all-out brawl with each other at a Philadelphia-area mall.
After several moments of entangled punching and hitting, one of the women pulled out a stun gun on the other woman.
The video shows the two women punching each other and someone in the crowd yelling, "No, stop."
After the two hit the ground, fighting, you can hear the crackle of the stun gun along with fluorescent-colored sparks.
At that point, several people run up and pry the two women apart, but security eventually showed up to handle the situation.
CBS LOS ANGELES reports that a former Marine suspected of slaying four homeless men says his client died after eating Ajax while in his jail cell.
25-year-old suspect Itzcoatl Ocampo apparently gathered enough of the cleaning substance over time to ingest it and bring about his demise.
Ocampo's attorney says that the death raises questions about deputies’ oversight of Ocampo, who had mental health issues.
The suspect was charged with killing 4 homeless men, as well as a former classmate's mother and brother.
He was found shaking and vomiting in his single-man cell and was taken to a hospital where he died Thursday afternoon.
The Iraq war veteran’s trial was set to begin in May, and prosecutors were reportedly planning to seek the death penalty.
Jimmy Fallon performed a hilarious medley of songs with pop hit melodies and Thanksgiving-inspired lyrics.
He was joined by his good friend, actress Rashida Jones, and singer Carrie Underwood.