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Vargas: Houston officer pleads for help as uniformed security guard records his struggle with a dangerous criminal

A uniformed Houston, TX police officer was engaged in a struggle with a shooting and robbery suspect in the parking lot of a gas station. As he struggled to take the suspect into custody, spectators...

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Vargas: Officers accused of excessive force after taking violent suspect to the ground

Members of the Raleigh Police Department had their hands full on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, while responding to a call of an unoccupied vehicle in traffic with music playing loudly. That's when they...

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Vargas: Police officers should never allow themselves to be emotionally manipulated by crooks

This is not a good time for the City of Baltimore Police Department. A video that captured a Baltimore police officer repeatedly punching a subject who does not appear to be resisting went viral on...

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Vargas: Man jumps on police car while officers watch – commendable restraint or failure to act

It’s no secret police officers sometimes feel they are walking a tightrope when it comes to making decisions on how much force to use or ending up in a nationwide viral video. Then there is the...

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Vargas: Protestors confront a Sacramento police officer on his wedding day

I previously wrote about the shooting of Stephon Clark in the city of Sacramento on March 18, 2018. The shooting had continued to reverberate in the community with anger directed toward the officers...

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Vargas: Every officer brings a gun to a fistfight

Oxnard Police Officer Daniel Oncea ended up in a life or death struggle on July 29 with a suspect he was trying to take into custody. Ultimately, he ended up having to shoot the suspect, who ran to...

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Vargas: Three police officers killed by unarmed suspects in the past 30 days

Today, Fort Meyers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller was laid to rest during a funeral attended by thousands of fellow police officers, family and community members. He was the third officer to be...

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Vargas: LAPD officers' split-second decision has tragic aftermath

The Trader Joe's shooting in Los Angeles this week captivated the nation. Even President Donald Trump tweeted about it. An angry man shot his grandmother and girlfriend over what has been...

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Vargas: 'Suicide by cop' seems to be increasing as the rate of suicide rises in the United States

At least once a week it seems like there is a news headline about a person with pellet gun or replica firearm being shot by the police. Many of these incidents are being described as "suicide by...

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Vargas: 'If most cops are good then why are there so many videos of them being bad?'

Bill Maher did a segment on the Friday edition of Real Time with Bill Maher on what he felt are the unprecedented number of videos on social media depicting police brutality. He included four video...

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