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Nicole Santa Cruz

Nicole Santa Cruz writes the Homicide Report for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the staff in 2009, she has covered Orange County and national news such as the Gabrielle Giffords shooting and the Louisiana oil spill. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona who misses Tucson’s Mexican food and desert sunsets.
Fatal shootings by LAPD down but less lethal use of force is up, report says

Despite adopting new policies to reduce police shootings, use of deadly force by Los Angeles police increased slightly in 2017 from the previous year, but the number of fatal shootings continued a downward trend, according to a report released Tuesday.

Woman charged in Leimert Park triple killing

A woman has been charged in the deaths of three people in Leimert Park.

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