Opinion

Vargas: Officer failed in response to shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

The issue of officer-involved shootings has been part of the national discourse for some time. With the tragedy in Parkland, FL another issue has risen to the forefront: The cop who didn’t shoot...

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Vargas: We are living in a state of fear where we are afraid to send kids to school

Hyper-vigilance has become our reaction to the tragedy in Parkland, FL. Across the country, school authorities and law enforcement agencies are investigating and responding to ever-increasing numbers...

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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....

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Vargas: Few know the stories of those impacted when a police officer is killed

I finally had a chance to watch the documentary “Fallen,” a 2017 production now available on Netflix and for purchase on YouTube. The documentary attempts to capture the impact the line-of-duty...

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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...

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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...

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Vargas: With school shootings making headlines, you have to ask yourself where kids are getting guns

Once again, one of our nation's schools has been the scene of a mass shooting. Yesterday, a student came to the Marshall County High School campus just as school was starting and, for reasons yet...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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