Opinion

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: Gang members open fire on LAPD officers in dramatic in car camera video

Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department released car camera footage of a pursuit on May 20, 2018. Two officers came upon a stolen car near midnight cruising the streets of Highland Park. The...

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Vargas: Officer criticized for shooting disturbed naked man who attacked him

Police departments across the United States have done a good job of instituting training on response to mentally ill people in crisis. Included with these courses are usually de-escalation techniques...

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Vargas: Community activist, attorney left with egg on their faces after claims of sexual assault by state trooper proved false

Texas State troopers stopped Sherita Dixon-Cole on Sunday for allegedly driving while intoxicated. At the conclusion of their investigation, she was arrested and booked at the Ellis County Jail –...

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Vargas: Fact that Golden Gate Killer was former cop is not lost on police officers

After nearly four decades on the run, the Golden State Killer/East Bay Rapist/Original Nightstalker/Diamond Knot Killer and possibly Visalia Ransacker was finally arrested. Joseph DeAngelo was...

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Vargas: Debate about privacy vs. justice in DNA profiling shouldn't be that difficult

In a great coup for police investigators, the East Bay Rapist or Original Night Stalker, as he was also known, has finally been identified and taken into custody. Suspect Joseph James DeAngelo was...

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Vargas: Police officers have deadly encounters with people bent on "suicide by cop"

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, 25-year-old Juan Jones was shot and killed by Danville, VA police who were investigating a domestic violence incident. Protests soon followed and the department was under...

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Vargas: Any discussion about police use of force must include reality of the risks they face daily

There’s a lot of dishonesty today in our political rhetoric. In fact, it seems the truth is a matter of whose version and whose bias the media is catering to. By the way, by "media" I don’t only...

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Vargas: Luck kept officer alive after suspect pulled gun and fired at point blank range

Lots of people wonder what it’s like to be a police officer and if the job is as dangerous and it seems to be. The answer: it can be. Check out what happened to Louisville, KY, police officers...

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Vargas: Two police officers are set upon by a crowd in a video that has gone viral

Police officers had their hands full on March 25 dealing with a church pastor and his family as they attempted to reunite a mother with her 16-year-old runaway daughter in the City of Lilburn,...

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