Latest California Attorney General's Office News

California AG starts first investigation of police shooting

Jul. 16, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California attorney general’s office is launching its first required investigation of a police shooting of an unarmed civilian, acting in a Los Angeles County death where police said the suspect walking on Hollywood Boulevard turned out to have a fake gun. ...

California shifts police shooting probes to attorney general

Jul. 07, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New protocols announced Wednesday by California Attorney General Rob Bonta seek to provide more transparency around one of the most emotional and disturbing areas of policing: the fatal shooting of an unarmed civilian. Investigations into such...

California AG's wife leading in bid for his Assembly seat

Jun. 30, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The wife of California’s attorney general is heading to a runoff election as she tries to succeed him in the state Legislature. Mia Bonta had nearly 38% of the votes in Tuesday’s special election in the San Francisco Bay Area’s 18th Assembly...

California launches new anti-human trafficking teams

Jun. 18, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general launched new anti-human trafficking teams to apprehend perpetrators and support survivors on Friday amid an alarming increase in labor and sexual exploitation statewide during the coronavirus pandemic. The state's...

Judge overturns California’s 32-year ban on assault weapons

Jun. 05, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge has overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, calling it a “failed experiment” that violates people's constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled on Friday...

California says $5 million Ponzi scam bilked older Filipinos

May. 21, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general on Friday charged 15 people with conspiring to defraud mostly elderly victims of Filipino descent out of a combined $5 million. They're accused of bilking at least 30 victims mostly in the Sacramento and Stockton...

Prosecutors ask to drop most charges in doctor rape case

May. 14, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — State prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to dismiss most sex crime charges filed against a reality TV doctor and his girlfriend, who are accused of drugging and raping several women at their Southern California home. The attorney general's...

California attorney general will examine killing by police

May. 14, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's new attorney general said Thursday his office will review the fatal shooting of a San Francisco Bay Area man, who police say they initially thought was carrying a handgun in his waistband but actually had a hammer. Attorney General...

New California attorney general pledges focus on hate crimes

May. 11, 2021 16:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's new attorney general on Tuesday promised an increased focus on hate crimes, saying there is “a state of crisis" because of increases in attacks on Asian Americans since the coronavirus entered the U.S. after originating in China. ...