Opinion

Roman: Everybody should be angry about senseless killing of deputy who was fueling his patrol car

His name was Darren Goforth. He was a deputy with the Harris County Sheriff Department in Texas and he was murdered on Aug. 28, 2015 at 8:25 p.m. He wasn't bothering anyone. He was only pumping...

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BTB Radio: Officers help each other deal with trauma they can't un-see

First responders see and hear things most people shouldn’t have to see or hear – the carnage following mass killing, victims of car accidents, abused children. BTB Radio’s podcast “Who...

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Vargas: High-profile cases corroding public trust

The announcement that six Baltimore police officers were charged with crimes ranging from murder to false arrest in the death of Freddie Gray shouldn’t surprise anybody. The public wants and...

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BTB Radio: Body cameras good for police and the public

In this week’s Behind the Badge Radio podcast, law enforcement veterans Kevin Von Luft and Steven Wolf talked about the pros and cons of body cameras – a popular new tool designed to improve...

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BTB Radio: Officers who tarnish the badge make job harder

BehindtheBadgeOC.com launched an Internet radio podcast today, hosted by veteran Orange County police officer Kevin Von Luft that will offer a perspective of law enforcement that isn’t on the air...

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Vargas: Video of cop using vehicle to stop suspect is only one part of the story

Like most of the country, I’m sure a lot of you have an opinion about the viral video that shows a police officer using his vehicle as a weapon in Marana, Ariz. A deranged suspect is running...

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Vargas: Why the justice system worked for Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson

Last week, the Department of Justice concluded there was not enough evidence to seek criminal charges against former Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael...

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Von Luft: It’s time to ‘arm’ social workers

For the past few years, I have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of mental health crisis calls being responded to by police officers. More police departments are helping the mentally ill...

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Vargas: Time for police, media to ID gangs

Just this week I was speaking with a community member about gangs in her city. She’s very active in a number of organizations and boards and considers herself well informed about what’s going on...

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Guest columnist Erin Runnion: Glorify the victims, not the killers

Editor’s note: Orange County-based Erin Runnion is a nationally known child safety advocate who launched the non-profit The Joyful Child Foundation following the abduction, sexual assault and...

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