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Vargas: While we continued to yell at each other, more children were killed

I’m sitting here looking at my keyboard, wondering what to say. Another day, another school shooting. Young lives tragically lost. Families forever changed. More than a dozen injured by gunfire....

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Vargas: Police officers are shot every day, but few of us know their stories

On Feb. 6, 2018, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Belanger died from a gunshot wound to the head. It was a bit different from other officers killed in the line of duty. You see, Belanger was...

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Vargas: Pastor attempts to prevent arrest of domestic violence suspect

The decisions officers make from day to day are often called into question by a public whose understanding of policing is often distorted by Hollywood myth. The latest case of this occurred on...

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Vargas: It's everyone's job to make sure children are safe

Many of us have been shocked by the story out of Perris, CA, of a couple with 13 children who allegedly held the children as captives in their home. All of the children were suffering from...

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Vargas: 'No, you can't see my driver's license or registration'

Chances are, like the vast majority of law-abiding citizens, if a police officer pulls you over, you pretty much do everything asked of you, including answering questions like, ‘Can I see your...

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Vargas: Traffic stop turns into a life or death struggle for North Little Rock, Arkansas officers

North Little Rock Police Department officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by two men and 17-year-old Charles Smith Jr. at around 1:04 a.m. January 7, 2018. During the encounter,...

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Vargas: Top issues for law enforcement in 2017

2017 has been a busy year for law enforcement. A lot of things have happened, but here is a recap of what I believe were the top issues over the last year. The tide appears to be changing when it...

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Vargas: What does Christmas Day look like for first responders

While most of us will be celebrating Christmas Day with our families, thousands of first responders across the country will be working. Police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, and medical...

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Vargas: A gunman enters a Costco threatening to kill people, and an off-duty police captain takes action

Police officers are sometimes referred to as sheepdogs, the analogy being they watch over the flock and when needed engage and ward off the predators who might endanger their charges. A police...

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Vargas: Use of force reasonable when lives are at stake

Let’s face it, most of us can agree there is no such thing as a fair fight when you are trying to save your own life and the lives of others. The rules of engagement are simple: Keep yourself...

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