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. Antonio Gonzalez

    Outlaw NRA...STOP Sales of Guns NOW!!

    January 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ren Car


    I am happy to hear that another lunatic like yourself voiced out your opinions. It comes to show that your likes is the minority in this country. Judging by the way you write, it seems to me that you are homeskooled by your inbred parents, lol

    January 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. betterdays

    Actually, I'm fairly confident that the people posting here in favor of anarchy are not bluffing. They would love the opportunity to violate laws with impunity, take freely from those who have more than them, and behave like junior ubermenschen for about three hours until someone stronger and dumber shot them in the head and helped themselves to the booty. They would consider this "progress" and "justice." For they consider themselves "just" and "progressive." This is the legacy of The Great Society. Enjoy it, people.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sburg

      nah that's what happens when the US isn't the worlds most powerful or economicly wealthiest country.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mikey

    To dre who said "There are no guns in the UK, the police dont even carry guns, and you dont see any stories of morons with guns shooting people". Did you do any reasearch on this?
    Check out the following websites: website
    Article from the 27 2009. Gun crime up 89% in a decade. In 1999, there was 5,209 gun crimes and 9,865 10 years later.
    Article from the government was trying to cover up an epidemic of gun crimes.
    Article from the Rural areas are hit with gun and knife crimes. Jan 2011.
    There is also an article from the BBC.

    Lets not forget the Jun 2010 incident where a man killed 12 people in Whitehaven England. The unarmed police could do nothing to stop it.

    Are their gun laws really working? there are also plenty of articles about their National Health Services if interested.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe NY, NY

    What's needed is a gun in every hand - unlimited, universal "packing" by every man, woman, child. As soon as someone gets outa line, or even looks like they might - boom, case closed, peace in the valley once again. I long for the civilized days of the old west where one could dole out justice lickety-split. None of these liberal courts, judges, resort jails to deal with. Guns, guns and more guns - "A Howitzer in every home" - believe me, that'd solve a lot of problems.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. legion111

    This is very sad. May God rest these brave officers in peace and comfort there families. The question is always why? Yet noone seems to be able to stomach the obvious. Apart from many officers doing their duty with honor many others have been slowly creating a hostile environment rather than trying to achieve calm. "Fishing in a barrel" as many call it, many police officers still employ a frowned upon tactic of shutting off their lights and hiding behind buildings hoping to catch any small traffic violation. Were not talking reckless drivers. Just people coming home from work who failed to stop completely at a stop sign. A traffic ticket along with insurances upsurges further strains an already economicly battered public. The people should love the police because they are to "protect and serve" not hand out tickets. Rather over the past 30 or so years, the hostility against the police has grown. Mainly because the police do not attempt to generate calm rather they use excessive force and generate hostility. This sort of reputation can not stand. As my father went to speak to the police chief regarding the ticket of my little brother who just got his license. The officer had told him"i dont care". My fathers reply was, you dont care? well sir, what you are doing is generating hostility in the city. If you do, there will always be a few people out of rage will get together to gun down your officers. Your method of "i dont care" dealing with your public is unwise.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disgust

      So we should just let everyone who breaks the law get away with it? I'm sorry but if you do something wrong then you pay the price. That's how it works. If you aren't doing something you shouldn't be doing then cops won't bother you. It's the people who try to get away with bad things and then give the cops a hard time about it. It's the people who do something wrong and then get angry they got caught... it escalates. You have to be stupid to not do what the police officer says. He doesn't know what your plan is... he can't read your mind. But yea I mean not everyone needs car insurance or let's let everyone speed and get away with it. Better yet... let's let everyone drink and drive!

      January 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick Lynch

    I wanted to become a cop and a detective eventually. Some of the responses are sick to read though. The power of voice instead of guns can be a better example. Why do I feel that riots are about to begin????

    January 24, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. settino

    Guns don't kill people, it's that dam finger! Anybody notice no other civilized country allows it's citizens to purchase at a candy store AK 47's or 357 magnums? Maybe these countries realized there don't have Indians running around anymore!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed

    Just when I thought that the answer was crystal clear. Make certain that all regular folks have a gun. That will certainly put the bad guys on notice. How much simpler could it be?
    Now, what have we got here in the last couple of days? We had folks dressed in various shades of dark blue armed to the teeth. And, what happened? They got murdered or badly injured by bad guys with guns.
    I want to know who's responsible for not getting the message out to the bad guys that folks with guns are off limits.
    They obviously did not get that message!
    Oh my goodness. I just read that those states with the most guns per citizen had the most shootings. Somebody has failed to get the message out in those states too.
    O.K. Here's the message bad guys. You no longer can shoot at people with guns. Period. Or else, you are going to be sorry. Is that clear?

    January 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dike

    We are smart enough to make guns that can paralyze people for some time but no we wont make them... there is a huge industry backed by NRA that will sell a life for a buck. As long as the NRA runs the gun industry the redneck way these things will become more and more common.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Theo

    A lot of people simply don't like cops, just read the reactions here, people get pulled over for nothing, get stopped at inspection points and don't get treated with any kind of respect.
    Case in point, I was pulled over and issued a ticket for having a pine tree air freshener hanging on my rear-view mirror, it was "an obstruction of view".
    The officer obviously can do what he want's, my incredulity was met with intimidation, so be it, I know when to shut up and accept the situation as it is.
    But sooner or later people are going to cross the line, maybe that's what's happening now, if so, I fear the worst for the future.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bosco

    You are my hero. Finally someone starts to tell the truth here.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Northeast PA

    Markin, i'll repost what i posted above, I was a cop and yes i'm a liberal that owns a gun, guess what the problem is.........there are just way too many people living in this country, couple that with poor parenting and there you have a large group of people with no respect for anything in this world ..... yes our children our in for a tough life, that is for sure

    January 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sburg

      makes sense but what do u do? id rather still preserve the right to protection. sorry but the police are not going to be there when the s hits the fan. i value my life and because of that i will not give up my weapons. and no one will take them.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    I wonder how many of these fine, honorable, and just men and women were killed with knives, clubs, or spears? Probably none.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. James

    Gun Control

    January 24, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
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