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Vargas: When it comes to mental health calls, police are doing the best they can

There have been some horrific crimes committed in the past few months involving suspects who were undoubtedly mentally ill. On Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla., Nikolas Cruz came onto the Stoneman...

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Vargas: Any discussion about police use of force must include reality of the risks they face daily

There’s a lot of dishonesty today in our political rhetoric. In fact, it seems the truth is a matter of whose version and whose bias the media is catering to. By the way, by "media" I don’t only...

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Vargas: Luck kept officer alive after suspect pulled gun and fired at point blank range

Lots of people wonder what it’s like to be a police officer and if the job is as dangerous and it seems to be. The answer: it can be. Check out what happened to Louisville, KY, police officers on...

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Vargas: Two police officers are set upon by a crowd in a video that has gone viral

Police officers had their hands full on March 25 dealing with a church pastor and his family as they attempted to reunite a mother with her 16-year-old runaway daughter in the City of Lilburn,...

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Vargas: Officers who shot Sacramento man shouted "gun!" before firing

Two Sacramento police officers were dispatched to a call of someone breaking into cars and hiding in a backyard at 9:13 p.m. March 18. A helicopter arrived prior to the officers, and deputies in the...

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Vargas: Abusive pimps among those who get lighter sentences (warning: graphic content)

In May 2016, Johnny Lee Guyton was found guilty of human trafficking. One piece of evidence was a video of him verbally abusing and berating one of his victims as he forced her to walk the streets...

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Vargas: Witnesses disagree whether arrest was legitimate use of force or an overreaction

I’ve said it before: There's no easy way to put handcuffs on someone who doesn’t want them put on. It’s often not pretty, and at times disturbing to watch. Sure there are Tasers, pepper spray...

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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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