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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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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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