Opinion

Vargas: As recent cases demonstrate, the unfortunate reality is sometimes officers need to shoot to protect themselves

In Cincinnati, a robbery suspect fled the scene of a drugstore robbery when a responding police officer spotted him walking down the street. Before the officer exited his vehicle, the suspect...

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Vargas: What was the officer thinking

In the past few months, there have been tragic situations involving police officers captured on video. The videos have become part of conversations across the nation. I’m not talking about the...

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Vargas: Evidence shows there was no evidence in Freddie Gray case

The Maryland State Attorney’s office made the right decision Wednesday when it announced it would drop the remaining charges against the Baltimore police officers involved in the Freddie Gray...

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Vargas: More evidence of the war on cops

There is new data to add to the debate about the war on police. The number of cops shot while on duty is on pace to be the highest in at least a decade, according to a report published Wednesday...

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Vargas: Hate a common theme in cop killings

Last night I was up until after midnight watching the tragic news from Dallas. I was saddened and angry. I am heartbroken for the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Area Rapid Transit police...

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Shelter gives youth in Huntington Beach a second chance with support of police

Editor’s note: Ronnetta Johnson is executive director of Community Service Programs With so many challenges facing youth today, it’s important to take a moment to recognize the critical role...

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Vargas: OC Sheriff's Dept. deserves kudos for putting modern posse into full force

We’ve all seen the old westerns where the bank gets robbed and immediately the sheriff gathers up a posse to chase after the bad guys. They saddle up their ponies and head off into the countryside...

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Vargas: Six observations about the response to the San Bernardino mass shooting

I was saddened and angered by the tragic shootings Wednesday at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center. What we now know is two well-prepared and well-armed individuals entered the center with...

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Vargas: Prop. 47 put convict who allegedly shot at cops back on the street

In August, I wrote in an opinion piece on Proposition 47, arguing that every low-level offender is just one bad decision away from becoming a violent criminal. At any time, they can graduate from...

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Oregon mass shooting begs question of how society deals with ‘crazies’

Another community is suffering tragically at the hands of evil. A deranged individual whose actions we may never fully understand has lashed out at innocent people with an act of violence. The...

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