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When it comes to demonstrations, police agencies only can do so much

The demonstrations in Charlottesville were tragic and heartbreaking. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and a variety of other groups chose to gather together in mass to publicly espouse their warped...

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Vargas: Rubber chicken test no laughing matter for recruits

I entered the grounds of the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy in 1980. I was member of Class #50. It was nearly four months of inspections, drills, classroom instruction and of course physical...

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Vargas: 'Tell my family I love them,' officer tells dispatch after being shot 4 times

With the introduction of body cameras, it seems like every week there is a new release of video depicting officer involved shootings. This week was no exception. On January 1, 2016, Officer...

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Vargas: Two officers shot, two killed and police still accused of being too paranoid

There will always be criticism of police officers being too paranoid and too quick to draw their weapons. There is currently a video going viral that shows a Campbell, CA, police officer holding a...

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Two Los Banos police officers were in a fight for their lives

On July 31, 2017,  in the City of Los Banos two police officers responded to a burglary in progress at an apartment shortly after 6 a.m. --- not an unusual call by any means. The two officers...

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Cheyenne PD's suggestion regarding panhandler sparks firestorm of debate

Problems related to homelessness are a national issue and not just confined to urban areas or larger suburbs. Across the country, police departments are caught in the crossfire between those who want...

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According to one politician, the easy answer to police shootings is to take away their guns

On July 16 in Minneapolis, Justine Ruszczyk (also known as Justine Damond) was shot and killed by a police officer as she approached the driver’s side window of the police car. She called the...

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The teens laughed and chuckled as they watched the man die

One of the big drawbacks to social media is how much it has turned us into a culture of spectators. With the advent of social media platforms, we all seem to spend a significant amount of time...

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Woman uses social media to accuse the police of sexual assault; roll the tape, please

On June 22, 2017, Burlington, Vt. police officers found Logan Huysman and two of her friends passed out in a running vehicle. According to police accounts, the officers spent four minutes trying to...

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A journalist and county sheriff are at odds about what really happened on this car stop

Last week, Boone County, Mo. Sheriff Dwayne Carey was irked. A local journalist, Bill Clark, also known as Ol' Clark, published a column in the Columbia Daily Tribune highly critical of the way he...

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