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. wordman

    Its about deterent-much harsher punishment for the criminals-its not about gun control!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • linda

      sounds good for harsher penalties, but it will never work. the u.s. and the penal system will never enforce to the degree they should...I don't even know if they can

      January 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bilker

    Guns laws people !! Keep your heads buried in the sand down there (the U.S.) and it'll keep getting worse.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stick dog

    The 2nd amendment was written in the 1700's unbelievable. Yet it still has a very powerful impact on our every day life. I agree that its amazing that the NRA can continuosly block any legislation to control gun sales. This organization is made up of a few thousand people who target shoot and hunt on the weekends. Only one thing a lot of those members are high level govt officials CEO's etc. Still how can a few control millions of people unbelievable.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JECD

    Make all the guns on earth dissapear and there will never be another victim. Period. Sad to think that on this planet – it will never happen.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      100% WRONG!

      Dumbest thing said in this thread. Congrats.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • N2D2

      What fantasy world do you live in?? I could kill a person with a finger. One hard strike to the temple or windpipe will kill.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet_genius

      FYI – People killed people before guns. We have gun laws but when do criminals ever pay attention to laws? One bad apple should not spoil the barrel.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. checkin jokers wanna blame this on everything but the fact you can walk to the corner and buy a freakn' gun..come on man !!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. matt

    Guns dont pull their own trigger. People pull the trigger dont blame guns for peoples actions.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • taffd

      but how nice it would be if people didn't have a trigger to pull

      January 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toofer

      u good at Unglish, Matt!

      January 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. conradshull

    I expect there will be mass rallies by "people against violence" all across the country calling for the end of violence against police officers...(cue: sound of silence and blowing wind)

    January 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • lobo feroz

      I dont agree. I do not think people feel it is strange and will happen more. Police are part of the corrupt government organization, and have abused their power for years, which was fine when everyone was able to charge $$ and act rich consuming toward obesity.

      its game time.. they need to change drug laws, stop putting people unecessarily in jail for silly trumped up charges with obscene jail times. economic rationalization is what is happening... and what our country worships in neo liberalism economic theory. so, this is part of economic rationalism..

      its a lose lose , zero sum game putting everyone in jail, police are not running out of clients (i.e. "criminals") they are running out of their sugar daddy, state budgets to justify them..

      crime statistics will go down with less police as they wont be able to harrass people for silly things..

      January 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. linda

    the only way not to have guns is not to make them anymore and everytime one is used and taken away, then it would be destroyed. Good luck with that. I am not a gun advocate either, but reality is reality!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nikki

    You Europeans were invaders and the ultimate unwanted illegal immigrants...go back.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. marco

    I have yet to see a legal gun owner come to the rescue to save innocent people from a madman.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DeadlyForceInstructor

      I guess you haven't looked too hard:

      Also, go to the "Armed Citizen" section of the NRA's website. There are thousands of reports.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • hot carl

      the security guard at that florida school board meeting where the guy opened fire and tried to shoot the board members. had the security guard not been there with a gun, it could have ended differently. just one for ya...

      January 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron M

      Marco, please stop watching the MSM outlets. They don't cover these stories because it's against their core beliefs. See the right-hand column on the site below for an updated listing of self-defense stories where the criminal was stopped.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonny_wadd

      You need to bring your head out of the sand once in awhile to see the reality of the situation. Plenty of people have reacted to a violent situation and protected others.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. N2D2

    And this is why our legal system needs to be more strict. China's capital punishment is more favorible by a wide margin. They execute drug dealers, corrupt businessmen and have a short time between sentencing and execution. None of this death row for 20 years crap. The US taxpayer spends 60k a year to house the average violent criminal. Just slaughter them and say "Next time come back as a saint."

    January 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dcj

    You've got to consider over reporting as well. How many officers are shot throughout the US on a monthly basis?

    January 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • N2D2

      Too many. But this is a great point. Seems like the media has some type of agenda with this topic.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    This country is sociologically challenged. Guns and shootings are just a symptom of this. On average we have a rich country but we also have a huge under class.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rez

    What the hell is the world coming to? My gosh. And I don't think weapons should be band they just need to check more into the people that are purchasing any kind of weapon. My husband owns rifles because he dear hunts. While he's away I use a shot gun to protect me and my son from any intruders.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Seth Hill

    Unfortunately some police officers got shot. But the more that innocent people die at the end of a gun, the more the Sacred Second Amendment is upheld! As a lifelong NRA supporter, this is wonderful! Blood and carnage everywhere! The bodies piling up! More death! More death!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron M

      Go troll somewhere else pansy. You've never touched a firearm before, admit it.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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