Opinion

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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O.C. Sheriff's Department comments on Gov. Jerry Brown's sentence commutations

Editor's note: The OCSD submitted this opinion piece, written by Undersheriff Don Barnes, to Behind the Badge. Do victims have a voice in California anymore? Actions by our State Legislature and...

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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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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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