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Shoot-don't shoot -- Las Vegas officers confront armed suspect holding wife hostage

On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 11, Las Vegas police officers were confronted with a life-or-death scenario. The police body camera video of the encounter was released this week. Las Vegas...

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'I feel scared being any place with lots of people'

An angry man armed with an AR-15 rifle opened fire on members of the Faith Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people. His victims ranged in age from 17 months old to 77, and...

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Vargas: Cops keep the peace at yet another Orange County protest

So, it’s Tuesday night, Oct. 31 and I make the decision to forego handing out Halloween candy and watching the World Series in order to attend a planned demonstration against Milo Yiannopolus at...

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Vargas: A woman beaten unconscious, witnesses take selfies with her motionless body

In a scene that has stirred outrage and concern across the country, an unidentified woman is kicked and punched by an attacker. She falls to the ground unconscious. As she lays there, in...

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Vargas: A look at who killed California State Correctional Officer Elizabeth Begaren in 1998

I received the late-night phone call on Saturday, January 17, 1998. A woman had been shot and killed along the 91 freeway and East St. in Anaheim. I was assigned as the Anaheim Police Department...

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Vargas: I'm still a fan of body-worn cameras despite results of new study

The largest study to date on the impact of body-worn cameras on police use of force and complaints was just completed in Washington D.C. The study conducted by Lab@DC involved 2,224 officers from...

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Vargas: Conspiracy fantasies have abounded in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre

It’s been over two weeks since the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 58 people and wounded hundreds more. The size of the crowd, location and unprecedented deaths...

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Vargas: America woke up today to its deadliest mass shooting

Today, Oct. 2, the world woke up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As I write this, 58 people have died and the injuries total more than 500. I feel certain the numbers will...

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Vargas: Dueling protests are dangerous and challenging to police

Thousands of demonstrators from two groups with very different political views gathered in Laguna Beach Sunday to protest. For a few tense hours, the normally serene beachfront was the epicenter...

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NYPD Sergeant's Benevolent Association has coined the term 'Blue Racism,' now heat is on

This week, the New York Police Department’s Sergeant Benevolent Association released a video titled “Blue Racism.” The video has received widespread attention for its theme and the group's...

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