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Vargas: Rant against cops goes viral, but patient response of officers speaks louder

On Nov. 11,  the owners of Brewhemia coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, asked 65-year-old Melyssa Jo Kelly to leave after she became disruptive. When Kelly refused to comply, the police were...

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Vargas: With Facebook live, every moron now is capable of becoming a media sensation

On Oct. 23, 2016, Michael Vance began a crime spree in Oklahoma that lasted for eight days. It began with the murder of two relatives, a carjacking and the shooting of two police officers. For...

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Vargas: Madera PD ridealong experiences the terror of taking gunfire from fleeing suspect

What’s it like to be a police officer? It’s a challenge for police officers everywhere to try and share the experience of policing with the public. One of the ways officers attempt to do just...

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Vargas: We all should be thankful there are so many officers who will stand in their place

Over the last two weeks we mourned the tragic shooting deaths of three peace officers in Southern California. On Oct. 5, L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Owen was shot and killed while...

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Roman: Remembering that rookie feeling

The other night I was working a patrol shift when I was sent on a call with a new cop. I had met him once or twice when he was in training and didn’t know anything about him. We handled the call...

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Vargas: Commercializing the sale of marijuana with Prop 64 will not make for safe, more livable communities

On Tuesday night, I attended a workshop in Anaheim to hear speakers discuss Proposition 64. The speakers were from the cannabis industry, as well as regulators and law enforcement from Washington,...

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Vargas: 'Throw-down gun' theory in Charlotte shooting should be thrown out

The police shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina has ignited a secondary conversation centered around competing narratives. In the police narrative, Keith Scott was armed with a handgun and had it...

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Vargas: Mob in Fresno attacks CHP vehicle and posts ugly incident on social media

On Sunday, Sept. 25, a California Highway Patrol officer was on patrol in Fresno when he approached a crowd of people who were surrounding a vehicle doing doughnuts. As the officer got out of his...

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Vargas: Heroism in New York lost amid a horrible week for police

The rioting in North Carolina. A police officer charged with manslaughter following a questionable shooting in Tulsa. We should be celebrating police heroism this week after officers in New York...

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Vargas: It's not easy to handcuff someone who doesn't want to be arrested

On Friday, I saw a cell phone video apparently taken at San Diego State University showing two officers struggling to take a male suspect into custody for being under the influence of drugs. There...

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