Tough times for men and women in blue
Law enforcement officials hug each other Monday before a memorial service for two slain Miami-Dade police officers.
January 24th, 2011
01:51 PM ET

Tough times for men and women in blue

As police in Florida prepared for the funeral of two Miami-Dade County police officers gunned down in the line of duty, shots rang out Monday in St. Petersburg, on the other side of the state. Two other officers fell dead and a federal marshal was wounded. Follow updates on CNN and affiliate WFTS-TV.

On any given day, such violence against police officers would be disturbing. But the fatalities capped a particularly violent 24 hours in the United States for the men and women in blue. Eleven police officers were shot.

“It is a very disturbing trend for all of us,” said Hal Johnson, general counsel for the Florida Police Benevolent Association. “Florida has never seen a streak like this. I don’t think anybody has.”

It is natural to search for answers, Johnson said, even if there aren’t any. The shootings do not appear to be related, and the motives may never be known. Declaring it to be open season against police officers seems dangerously simplistic, he added.

He sees the shootings more as acts of desperation.

“They are shooting at people they know have guns,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what’s going on out there, but I’ve never seen it like this. I do see the developing of a callousness. It’s almost as if shooting a police officer has lost its shock effect.”


- On Sunday, four officers were shot in a Detroit police station by a man who walked in, firing randomly. Lamar Deshea Moore was shot to death by police so his motive may never be known, but local reports say a relative was awaiting sentencing for double murder. Two of the police officers remain hospitalized. For more, read CNN’s update and affiliate reports from the scene: WXYZ-TV and WDIV-TV.

- Two deputies were shot outside a Walmart in Port Orchard, Washington, near Seattle, on Sunday. Check out CNNKIRO-TV and KOMO-TV for the latest updates.

 - A police officer is in a coma and in critical condition after being shot during a traffic stop early Sunday in Indianapolis. Check out WTHR-TV and WISH-TV for updates.

- In Lincoln City, Oregon, a police officer was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop. The officer is in critical condition. Check out affiliate KOIN-TV for more information.

Although they do not appear to be related, the weekend shootings follow two other violent incidents last week involving police officers, including the Miami killings and a slaying in Lakewood, New Jersey.

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  1. heather

    @Disgust You have to give respect to get respect.Maybe cops should learn that in the academy instead of how to be bullys and have their bad actions protected by their badge!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      the blue wall has existed forever and will continue to exist forever. police protect their own.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    I can't believe there are people who are actually bashing cops, yea, there are corrupt cops, just like in any other job, but to say all cops are criminals?????...WOW!!!. It's scary to know that there are so many idiots out there who believe that. the moron who wrote that i probably the biggest criminal.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      The police have done this to themselves. What the heck do they expect??

      No longer do we have "Andy of Mayberry", the friendly neighborhood cop, now we have para-military and a gun pointing in our face.

      Who needs it?? I keep asking myself that question. Especially since we taxpayers are the ones footing the bill. Why should we have to expect that kind of treatment from cops?

      No longer "serve and protect" that's for sure... In fact, to get a cop INVOLVED these days you're asking for BIG trouble because that's all they are these days...

      Don't believe me? Go look at the headlines in you local newspaper and COUNT how many crimes (or pure troubles) involve our "finest". Now that's a laugh...

      I live in Gilbert, AZ the fastest growing city in the country almost every year. We have NO crime here, but we have PLENTY of BULLY cops. They already tasered my son's best friend and KILLED him for something that was NOT worth killing someone over..

      Then they all lied and a tape of the situation mysteriously disappeared.

      My 22 son cannot go out in the streets in my neighborhood to walk the dog after dark without getting BULLIED by cops who apparently don't have enough to do except harrass the locals walking their dog. This is in GILBERT AZ one of the safest cities in the country.

      I am for firing them all and starting over, with WAY FEWER of them.

      Just remember, what comes around, goes around in case you are wondering why they are all getting shot. AND THEY ALL KNOW IT TOO.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yossarian

      Oh good, yet another edgy "F the Police" troll coming out of the woodwork.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liza Null

      I'll respect the Good cops when Good cops stand up against Bad cops. But they DON'T – they LIE, and they PROTECT the Bad cops. The whole thing comes down to, "What are you willing to do, in order to do the RIght Thing?" And the answer from most cops is, "Not Much." They're not willing to do too much. You've never seen a mad cop, until you ask him to Get Involved. To actually DO SOMETHING that could make a difference. Then you run the risk of being "punished" for asking them to do such a thing. They're sullen, disrespectful, and quick to anger, and an angry cop is NOT a "righteously" angry cop – he's not angry at wrong doing, or evil, or even crime: HE'S ANGRY BECAUSE YOU'RE ASKING HIM TO ACTUALLY DO THE JOB, AS OPPOSED TO STANDING THERE JUST LOOKING LIKE HE'S DOING THE JOB. It's just A JOKE.

      January 24, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • davesmith

      wait unstill the police abuse happens to you are a family member. we can talk when police abuse did not happen to use

      January 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. remi

    It's sad when you hear police officers getting shot and killed in the line of duty, but sometimes it has to be expected. But when the police shoot a young black kid whose going about his business, it's funny to see that no one cares. Double standard, maybe, poetic justice, hmmm?

    January 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      Right, half-wit, nobody cares. That's why it's on the news non-stop, people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton go on about it for years, and Bruce Springsteen rights a song about it. Because nobody cares.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Not All Docs Play Golf

    What would Jesus load?

    January 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Yeah make bulletts expensive and it will be like it is with anything else. Black market. This only hurts the law abiding. Just like gun control. You think criminals care about breaking another law? More idiots in this thread than any I have seen in a while. By the way in Switzerland every male from 18-60 is part of their militia. They have fully automatic weapons issued to them that they keep in their homes. Yet they have very little violence of any kind.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ESW

    and I have had multiple issues in the past and never once called the police, you dont know whos side they are on anyway, and they do chose even though they shouldnt.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KN

    The need for individual citizens to arm themselves is only justified in lawless, failed States such as Somali, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan or in war-torn countries such as Sudan or Eastern Congo. In such states, the governments are so impaired that they cannot ensure security of its citizens. In such situation, you are on your own!

    However, in civilized, law abiding States there is not such need because state apparatus are functioning and can provide collective security for its citizens. Unless we are conceding that America is a failed state, there is no demonstrable need for individuals to bear arm.

    The near daily suicide shootings taking place in this country, which seem to rival suicide bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan is a clear testament to the fact that the million of guns in the hand of civilian continue to have a negative return to the society. The argument for gun ownership in this country cannot be predicated on need for security.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Korey99

      Sorry, but your argument is flawed. My neighbor would whole heartedly disagree with you. He had to shoot an intruder in his own home who was bent on raping his daughter. Your kind of people would call the police and stand by watching while waiting for the police cruiser. My neighbor was a little more proactive. He killed the intruder with his .357 Python and THEN called the police. Response time of the police force was 6 minutes. I guess you don't mind having your family tortured for 6 minutes but other do mind. Regardless of country, as long as humans are involved, be armed. Humans have great potential for sadism and cruelty – history has proven that.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam Houston

      KN – most major cities in America have areas as dangerous as those you mention.

      Gun control will only keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, not the thugs who perpetrate the violence. A gun-free society, just like a crime-free society, is an unrealistic utopian ideal.

      One solution – quickly impose the death penalty for the first conviction for any felony involving violence or any felony drug offense. We will execute tens of thousands of criminals every year, but after a while I guarantee the streets will become safer.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KN

      @Korey99: I will assume you are not an official spokesman of your neighbor. Nevertheless, while I don't disagree with the need of your neighbor to defend him/herself and him/her family, the argument is not that simple. Beyond your backyard – at the society level, how many of types of your "heroic" neighbor incidence are there vis-a-vis the unwarranted shooting of innocent civilian and law enforcement personnel. More innocent people are being killed by gun-wielding citizen than bad- guys are killed by innocent people defending themselves. You have to be willing to think and reason beyond personal level. At the society level, it is obvious we are paying a price.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Lee

      Do you really think anyone is going to buy your Marxist drivel? People like you & those you vote for are going to turn this into a third world country, so you can run it without any resistance. You sound just like Kim Jong IL, & most of Barack Obama's Marxist cabinet!

      January 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • a slozomby

      the us supreme court has rule that the police have no duty to protect citizens South v. Maryland, even if they know beforehand that a crime against the citizen is imminent DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services.

      also see Warren v District of Columbia

      these rulings indicate that the responsibility to defend yourself is entirely on yourself.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. masse

    Sarah Palin must be very happy. She will speaking at Guns crazy events and glorify guns as usual. She is an IDIOT, not smart at all, along with her Glenn, Rush, Oreilly, John Boehner.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan Lee

      Is Rep. Gabrielle Giffords an "idiot" too? She is Pro Gun.. Would you like a link to her voting record on the second amendment?

      January 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark C

    Get help now.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ann

    There is no single cause for all the violence – mental illness, gang warfare, crimes of opportunity, etc. Here in Oakland, CA we have a popular police chief who's been in place for a year and a half; he's is so frustrated with the dysfunctional city government that he applied for a position in San Jose where he is one of two final candidates. He had things off to a good start, but now it looks like we may lose him. Police staff has been cut by 20% over 2 years. People here in Oakland and all other cities who experience violent crime in their neighborhoods should be out in the street supporting the police and demanding a stop to the violence. We should packing our neighborhood crime prevention meetings each month. Apathy will get us only more of the same.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CanNorth

    I have nothing against firearms. I think in the right hands they can help resolve situations. But on the other hand what's the right hands in today's society. The ability to own a gun and have freedom of speech gives people the right to exercise extreme ways of showing that. If people see cops as enemies, others seem them as heroes. I don't blame American's for owning guns, the smallest voice can be heard with the smallest shot of a firearm. And to compare other countries with North American societies isn't explaining much. Every country has it politics, economy, fears and history. The final thing I'm going to note is that every country in history who's been a superpower or is, has one thing in common, and that it's military.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Northeast PA

    Markin i agree something needs to be done, but what?? That is the big question.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. billy

    it is sad that anyone gets shot , police officer or an ordinary citizen. What bothers is that when an officer is injured there is a ton of reporting on it. When citizens are injured or killed unjustly by the authorities you hear nothing and there is a big cover up, such as the cases in phelps county ,missouri. Where a young , handcuffed male was beaten to death in a taco bell parking lot by police officers and the security tapes disappeared and when an independent autopsy was requested the body was found to have nothing left inside to examine. Why don't the big news agencies cover these injustices. Who protects the citizens from that. By the way there were three different incidences in this county in 2 years, same scenario same result . No officers punished and families left to file civil suits that can,t seem to make it to court. Wives and children left without a daddy or a spouse. Someone report on this.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NoodleHat

    Ducks don't shoot anyone. They might poop or peck you, but they won't shoot you. Neither will garden gnomes.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rhea

    i think this is tragek moment for all but John lets have some Blank to say sorry all the people hurt and their family. Luv u cheri

    January 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
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