Los Angeles Times

Ben Poston

Writer

Ben Poston is the assistant data editor at the Los Angeles Times. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he worked on “Behind the Badge,” a series that detailed the flawed hiring practices by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He also worked on an investigation that found the Los Angeles Police Department routinely misclassified violent crime data. Prior to working at The Times, he was the data editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Recent Articles

  • Man stabbed to death in East Compton; sheriff's detectives investigating

    Man stabbed to death in East Compton; sheriff's detectives investigating

    A man was stabbed to death Thursday in East Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Sheriff’s homicide detectives found the man with multiple stab wounds to the upper torso in the 4200 block of East Compton Boulevard shortly after 4 p.m., said sheriff’s Lt. Steve Jauch. See the...

  • Free parking in downtown L.A.? Get it while it lasts

    Free parking in downtown L.A.? Get it while it lasts

    It may well be the most jealously guarded secret in all of downtown Los Angeles: For the last two months, the city's subterranean Pershing Square parking lot has charged absolutely nothing for parking. That's right, in a city where downtown real estate prices are skyrocketing -- and new construction...

  • Video of motorcycle stunts along 101 Freeway sparks CHP investigation

    Video of motorcycle stunts along 101 Freeway sparks CHP investigation

    A jaw-dropping promotional video in which a retired motocross-rider-turned-real-estate-agent leaps a 101 Freeway access ramp and blasts through farmland along the busy highway has triggered an investigation by the California Highway Patrol.  Topher Ingalls, a former professional racer, posted the...

  • New L.A. street database to guide cleanup efforts

    New L.A. street database to guide cleanup efforts

    A new database measuring garbage on more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alleys shows poorer areas of the city see more illegal dumping and litter than affluent ones. City officials on Friday released details on the far-reaching study, which is designed to help guide the city sanitation...

  • Pasadena police shoot man who they say fired at them

    Pasadena police shot a man Friday morning after he ran from a traffic stop and fired at an officer, authorities said. Pasadena officers were conducting a traffic stop around 9 a.m. in the area of North Los Robles Avenue and Buckeye Street when one of the vehicle's occupants fled on foot, said police...

  • More rent-controlled buildings are being demolished to make way for pricier housing

    More rent-controlled buildings are being demolished to make way for pricier housing

    Looking to cash in on a booming real estate market, Los Angeles property owners are demolishing an increasing number of rent-controlled buildings to build pricey McMansions, condos and new rentals, leading to hundreds of evictions across the city. More than 1,000 rent-controlled apartments were...

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