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.”

Consider:

- 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. SHAI ARRA

    HUMANE CIVILITY

    January 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dre ha

    Well, there are over 300 million citizens and the crime rates are like a 3rd world country's. 1% of the population is in jail I heard. So a lot of policing hours are spent and with 2nd amendment so strong any nut can have a gun and of course will use it when apprehension is imminent. So it is chance and arithmetic that not every week is safe and quiet.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steve

    id feel bad if they didnt abuse their power, use intimidation tactics, and wast so much of our time and money on the war against drugs... uck em

    January 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed407

    I was a police officer in Northwest Indiana for over 8 years before being injured during an arrest and decided my family was worth more than the job. Police Officers, Firefighters and Teachers and the most under appreciated people in the states. If a person is unstable enough to shoot at a cop, he will shoot anybody. My prayers go to all the families of these heros. I dont know what the answer is, I dont think more gun control or even the elimination of firearms is the answer. Stricker laws and control only effect us citizens that follow the laws. I hope smarter people than me can solve this problem world wide.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Keksi

    Must be a bad karma for arresting innocent people and not real criminals.
    Cops in Florida and USA are doing terrible job,they get wrong people instead of actual criminals and even when they are WRONG they still blame innocent to protect their jobs and positions.

    And God sees that.

    January 24, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stevelb1

    Time for strict gun control laws. Enough is enough already!

    January 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa

    Why do we have to have this kind of tragedy? Don't you think we need to think more seriously about the gun control law when a society's population is getting denser and denser?

    January 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BobT

    It's sad how the uninformed tend to sound off the loudest, or the bully who believes might makes right tends to flex and strut and attempt to force his/her opinion. People quote statistics about guns but convieniently leave out the plethora of statistics that would nullify their arguements. They ask if specific types of guns are "needed" for recreational use. But fail to look at the abundance of potentially dangerous hobbies people do on a regular basis from auto racing to dirt bikes to even skate boarding or sking. Yet their closed minded mentality only looks at the tiny bit of the world that they choose to challenge. Yes, if bullies and criminals didn't exist, a LOT of people would have no desire to owne fire arms. I think it's a sad state of affairs when law enforcement personnel are killed on a routine basis and Congress closes its eyes to the problem. But let just ONE of their own get shot and it becomes a national crisis. Let's start by getting our kids involved in structured activities: be it target shooting, archery, hunting, fishing, chess, music, sports, art, debate ... what ever it is will be more bennificial than letting them run unsupervised learning their hobbies from the ruffians on the street. We need to squash gang activity and drug abuse in its infantcy. Let's not target each other and the structured activities we might not personally take a liking to. Lets all concert our efforts rather than undermine each other. 90% of us have the same goals for peace and productivity. Let's not degrade potentially productive sports for the sake of a few bad apples. How many Olimpic sports are directly related to shooting firearms or archery equipment. The sport is sound. The abuse with fire arms, like any other thing :alcohal, fast cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, ATVs, is not endemic to the firearm sports but to the way kids are brought up using them. We need to pull together and develop proper training and supervision and support activities that keep kids productively involved.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. areagu@gmail.com

    really sad to lose life - but recently america became like a police state - for example in NY police has no respect for anyone....... again sorry for life lost - but i hate cops

    January 24, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • BobT

      What are you doing to help FIX the problem? Become a Cop and do it right. OR Is it easier to do nothing and complain how others are doing it wrong.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. arnas

    watch this...

    http://www.buvusioji.tk/?id=rpx3ync3ptpmrqp8rqa3iiuwz39gg4

    January 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scott

    Guns help people kill people. That is why EVERY army on earth's primary weapon is a gun. Also people kill people. We have to stop glorifying butchery and slaughter in this country. From films, tv, video games, etc all we do is turn a gun into just another joystick. It is the total package of American culture that need to be attended to. Including far more restrictive gun laws. The people who think their gun protects them from their government are lost causes.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • sburg

      the founding fathers would tell u to go back to England.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • jefffbo

      Seriously, I do not own a gun in order to protect myself from the government, I have it because It is a right and I enjoy guns. So many people think they have the answer to these few that use guns in a crime but the answer it tougher standards and tougher profiling to purchase a gun and many people who own guns like I, would agree. These crimes are giving countless hundreds of thousand legal gun owners a bad rap. You cannot say guns are bad when so many very responsible people own them and all you see on the news is the bad guy with a gun. IT IS people that kill people and not just people with guns.

      January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. shan

    This day and age why don't we protect our officers with bullet proof vest and helmet?

    January 24, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ant

    "It has to do with immorality, crime, and a lack of mental health support in this nation."

    All by products of political policies.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Idiot

    @FreedomBaby: No one hates police, not even "liberals". What people hate are police who exceed their authority because their job is "hard" and they shouldn't have to have a warrant to bust that "suspected" criminal. Most cops are good people and deserve respect. However, for every good cop you have others that bend and break the rules and erode our freedoms. The worst part is that the "good" cops will usually keep their mouths shut in order to support their corrupt brethren. This makes them complicit and deserving of criticism.

    Cops are public servants who we give the authority to carry weapons and use force to keep the peace. As public servants they are subject to being observed under a microscope to make sure they aren't violating the privileges that society has given them.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Syinki

    Cops are NOT more important or "better" people than anyone else. More than 11 "regular" citizens were killed. Where is that story? How many cops false arrested or shot someone in the same amount of time?

    11 cops shot. It comes with the job and is a known risk?

    BREAKING NEWS: BOXERS GET PUNCHED WHILE DOING THEIR JOB!

    January 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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