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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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Vargas: Cops keep the peace at yet another Orange County protest

So, it’s Tuesday night, Oct. 31 and I make the decision to forego handing out Halloween candy and watching the World Series in order to attend a planned demonstration against Milo Yiannopolus at...

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Vargas: A woman beaten unconscious, witnesses take selfies with her motionless body

In a scene that has stirred outrage and concern across the country, an unidentified woman is kicked and punched by an attacker. She falls to the ground unconscious. As she lays there, in...

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Vargas: A look at who killed California State Correctional Officer Elizabeth Begaren in 1998

I received the late-night phone call on Saturday, January 17, 1998. A woman had been shot and killed along the 91 freeway and East St. in Anaheim. I was assigned as the Anaheim Police Department...

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Vargas: I'm still a fan of body-worn cameras despite results of new study

The largest study to date on the impact of body-worn cameras on police use of force and complaints was just completed in Washington D.C. The study conducted by Lab@DC involved 2,224 officers from...

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Vargas: Conspiracy fantasies have abounded in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre

It’s been over two weeks since the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of 58 people and wounded hundreds more. The size of the crowd, location and unprecedented deaths...

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