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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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Vargas: On Thanksgiving Day, two people died because they made the bad decision to flee from the cops

On Thanksgiving Day, two men died because they made the very bad decision to try to outrun the police. The pursuit originated in Villa Park in response to a burglary call. Deputies pursued...

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Vargas: Shooting people in the leg to stop them is a Hollywood myth

It’s a question that never seems to get answered enough: “Why don’t police officers shoot people in the legs?” Or for that matter, in the hand, shoulder, or some other body part that won’t...

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Vargas: 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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