Columns

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

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....

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

Vargas: It's everyone's job to make sure children are safe

Many of us have been shocked by the story out of Perris, CA, of a couple with 13 children who allegedly held the children as captives in their home. All of the children were suffering from...

Read More

Vargas: 'No, you can't see my driver's license or registration'

Chances are, like the vast majority of law-abiding citizens, if a police officer pulls you over, you pretty much do everything asked of you, including answering questions like, ‘Can I see your...

Read More

Vargas: Traffic stop turns into a life or death struggle for North Little Rock, Arkansas officers

North Little Rock Police Department officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle occupied by two men and 17-year-old Charles Smith Jr. at around 1:04 a.m. January 7, 2018. During the encounter,...

Read More

Vargas: Top issues for law enforcement in 2017

2017 has been a busy year for law enforcement. A lot of things have happened, but here is a recap of what I believe were the top issues over the last year. The tide appears to be changing when it...

Read More
1 2 3 4 5 34