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Vargas: America woke up today to its deadliest mass shooting

Today, Oct. 2, the world woke up to the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As I write this, 58 people have died and the injuries total more than 500. I feel certain the numbers will...

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Vargas: Dueling protests are dangerous and challenging to police

Thousands of demonstrators from two groups with very different political views gathered in Laguna Beach Sunday to protest. For a few tense hours, the normally serene beachfront was the epicenter...

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NYPD Sergeant's Benevolent Association has coined the term 'Blue Racism,' now heat is on

This week, the New York Police Department’s Sergeant Benevolent Association released a video titled “Blue Racism.” The video has received widespread attention for its theme and the group's...

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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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