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Human trafficking is horrible anywhere but in Pattaya, Thailand it's a thriving disgrace

You can’t be a police officer in any major city in the United States without having to deal with the problems and issues related to human trafficking and the sex industry. After 30 years on the...

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Vargas: Four officers killed in September across the country, which speaks to the dangers officers face every day

The month of September did not fare well for police officers across the country, and even locally here in Southern California. This month, four police officers in the United States have been killed...

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Vargas: The job of a school resource officer gets tougher all the time, as two recent videos suggest

There are a lot of jobs in police work, and some get more attention than others. Television and movies seem to focus on homicide detectives, gang investigators, and undercover officers, but there...

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Vargas: Houston officer pleads for help as uniformed security guard records his struggle with a dangerous criminal

A uniformed Houston, TX police officer was engaged in a struggle with a shooting and robbery suspect in the parking lot of a gas station. As he struggled to take the suspect into custody, spectators...

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Vargas: Officers accused of excessive force after taking violent suspect to the ground

Members of the Raleigh Police Department had their hands full on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, while responding to a call of an unoccupied vehicle in traffic with music playing loudly. That's when they...

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Vargas: Police officers should never allow themselves to be emotionally manipulated by crooks

This is not a good time for the City of Baltimore Police Department. A video that captured a Baltimore police officer repeatedly punching a subject who does not appear to be resisting went viral on...

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Vargas: Man jumps on police car while officers watch – commendable restraint or failure to act

It’s no secret police officers sometimes feel they are walking a tightrope when it comes to making decisions on how much force to use or ending up in a nationwide viral video. Then there is the...

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Vargas: Protestors confront a Sacramento police officer on his wedding day

I previously wrote about the shooting of Stephon Clark in the city of Sacramento on March 18, 2018. The shooting had continued to reverberate in the community with anger directed toward the officers...

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Vargas: Every officer brings a gun to a fistfight

Oxnard Police Officer Daniel Oncea ended up in a life or death struggle on July 29 with a suspect he was trying to take into custody. Ultimately, he ended up having to shoot the suspect, who ran to...

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Vargas: Three police officers killed by unarmed suspects in the past 30 days

Today, Fort Meyers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was laid to rest during a funeral attended by thousands of fellow police officers, family and community members. He was the third officer to be...

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