Columns

Vargas: Legitimate concerns of peaceful protesters lost in chaos of riot

What started as a peaceful demonstration regarding the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody quickly deteriorated into a full-scale riot. As I watched the images of the rioting in Baltimore,...

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Roman: Body-worn camera recorded more than expected

A few weekends ago was the first time I ever used my Taser body worn camera (BWC). It was an easy transition from the Puma audio recorder we were issued a few years ago. Like anything new, you just...

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Roman: Finally, the ‘Green Mist’ of Chino Hills explained

Was there a local legend where you grew up that no one could explain? Was there a spot that was shrouded in mystery? We had such an area in Chino Hills called, “Green Mist.” I graduated...

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Vargas: When the suspect turned on me, there was a knock-down, drag-out street fight

Behind the Badge reporter Lori Basheda and I recently observed the “Will to Survive” training exercises at the Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy. Watching the recruits go...

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Vargas: In pursuit of entertainment, viewers glued to the tube for cop chases

It just happened again. My phone buzzed alerting me to a police pursuit heading northbound from San Diego County along the 15 freeway. I had the option of watching it streaming on my phone or live...

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Vargas on Charleston shooting: 'It looks bad, really bad.'

Tuesday was the first time I watched the video of the officer-involved shooting in North Charleston, South Carolina. Officer Michael Slager shot Walter Scott after he fled from his vehicle during a...

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Roman: ‘You gotta have heart’

On a recent evening I was typing reports inside a Starbucks. There’s nothing better than having my paperwork spread out all over the table and a drink right next to me. A refill is just steps...

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Guest column: Family violence doesn’t look like what you see on TV

The authors are Cal State Fullerton students want to raise awareness about family violence. Their names are listed at the bottom of the column. Intimate partner violence (IPV), which has...

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Vargas: strong sense of justice served in tragic case of Jeffrey Vargo

On Friday I heard some bittersweet news. There was an arrest made in the kidnapping and murder of 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo. Jeffrey’s mother Connie announced the arrest in a Facebook posting on...

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Roman: Misinformation abounds about what delaying and obstructing an officer means

California Penal Code Section 148 148. (a) (1) Every person who willfully resists, delays, or obstructs any public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical technician, as defined in...

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