Opinion

Why I submitted my DNA to a public and open database

On April 24, 2018, Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested and identified as the Golden State Killer, a serial killer, rapist and burglar who committed at least 13 murders and more than 50 rapes from 1974...

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Actor Jussie Smollett may find serious consequences for portraying himself as victim of crime

The headlines have been all about actor Jussie Smollett being charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Political rhetoric aside, people filing false reports is something...

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Police resources need to be focused on threat from gangs, a major cause of violent crime

There have been a lot of distractions when it comes to law enforcement resources. Issues related to homelessness, drugs, and immigration seem to dominate the headlines. Many have forgotten that...

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Officer's fight for his life against man with gun captured on body camera

A school resource officer in Eugene, Oregon ended up in a life or death struggle on Jan. 11 with a parent at the local junior high. The struggle ended with a parent being shot and the officer...

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More police officers committed suicide last year than were killed in line of duty

Those who follow law enforcement may know that last year, 150 police officers died in the line of duty, while serving and protecting the community. They left family, friends, and loved ones behind to...

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Several notorious abductions have happened since Jayme Closs was found after 88 days in captivity

In a case that captivated the country, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was rescued nearly three months after being abducted from her home. On October 15, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, Jayme was abducted...

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Vargas: "The last thing I ever want to do is shoot an 11-year-old" officer says, confronting boy with replica handgun

On October 13, 2018, Columbus, Ohio police officer Peter Casuccio and his friend responded to a call of two kids walking down the street with a handgun. Casuccio encountered the kids at the scene,...

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Vargas: The job of a school resource officer gets tougher all the time, as two recent videos suggest

There are a lot of jobs in police work, and some get more attention than others. Television and movies seem to focus on homicide detectives, gang investigators, and undercover officers, but there...

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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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