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. Alex

    First: most police officers are conservatives, not liberals. To pass judgement on someone else, you gotta have morals and think you are self-righteous. Most liberals are not that way. Second: The police often behaves like another criminal mob. They often show the same reactions of criminal groups like seeking revenge, punishment, and the like because one of the "brother/sister" was killed.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ellis

    The NRA is to blame killem all

    January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. They deserved it

    Maybe they should consider a different career most of these turds go out and just bother law abiding citizens. Lets all go buy a gun!

    January 24, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james e evans

    ONE WORD RESPECT There is none in America anymoe and it is sad.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NICK


    January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Granite Sentry

    But somehow we don't find a connection between these shootings and the culture's hostile tone, where it really might be involved.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 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 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. roy

    Police getting shot at randomly or innocent bystanders getting caught in a crossfire. Wow, this is like something that is from a video game- acted out by deranged people out there who have no respect for authority. No wonder people are getting paranoid and would at any time be resigned to having to arm themselves. It is looking more like wild wild west indeed.
    Not to mention the soon to graduate kids who are still gravitated on doing those video game- any 1 percent of them , I will bet will be acting out on their fantasies when they will grow up. Ban these games now. Otherwise we will end up with raising kids who are desensitized with horror. NO WONDER MY VERY OWN KIDS , when asked what they want to watch on a movie night, will beg to watch some horror or terror movie. And they are only 8 and 11.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Honor480

      If they are that age it is your responsibility as the parent to say no. Age restrictions are on movies and games for a reason, but they only work if the parent abides by them. I've seen horror movies since I was a little kid, but I never got the idea to emulate Jason and go hack up people with a machete. The comparison was made that if violent movies make you violent then Disney movies should be played in prisons since they would make them less violent.

      January 25, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Doc

    The street thugs, dope dealers and the rest of society's low lifes, feel empowered with the Obama administration and the hoard of attorneys that compose this administration.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Elizabeth

    What happened to the argument that more guns will deter killings like these? Obviously the cops had the guns to protect themselves but unfortunately did prevent from still being slaughtered. But then again we are a country that thinks our most fundamental right is owning a gun over healthcare. To the barrel of the gun we commit our souls.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. amazongirl

    Tough luck for the cops, I guess. I find it kinda funny that all the gun crazies keep showing their love of guns as if having a gun will save you. But...DIDN'T THE @%#@$ COPS HAVE GUNS??? Yeah, lotta good THAT did 'em, huh? Personally, I don't see why people pretend to feel bad for the cops. You go around calling our govt "tyrannical", and acting like anyone who's a state or fed employee is the enemy. Then when one of us dies, it's a 180 flip and all this FAKE patriot crap. Save it. I'm in the Army and I've spent the last 10+ years watching my brothers and sisters get butchered because all these "patriots" were jonesing for a war they NEVER deployed to fight in themselves, and neither did their chickenhawk GOP masters. But it's cool. Keep your guns. Keep shooting cops. Keep shooting Congressmen.

    Sooner or later, all you red state yahoos will push it far enough that you really WILL need to carry a gun everywhere you go. Your kids will know what it's like to kill people when their schools are full of 'em, just like the high school I went to in LA. You'll learn what it's like to hear the sounds of drive-by's at least twice a week. And after that, you'll get the joy of seeing kids in your neighborhood that you know being bagged and tagged while their parents watch. Yeah, more guns. THANK YOU NRA! Way to teach America that protecting guns has ALWAYS been more important to conservative chickenhawk gunslinger wanna-be's than protecting people.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. whitmanguy

    Let's hear now from the gun lobby and the NRA: IF THE POLICE HAD GUNS THESE SHOOTINGS WOULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MPL

    The pigs are finally answering for their crimes.

    You are what people are afraid of!
    Send me your address, and I have some friends in blue that would love to have this discussion, face to face, on your (probably) stolen 'puter!

    January 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      MPL...he's too much of a coward. People like him are the cause of violence. He'll get his in due time...

      January 24, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Old King Clancey

      I'll give you my address I would love for your little boys in blue to come to my house.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Noah

    I am sure it has been said but gun control would not have stopped these people they still would have had guns and these great officers still would have been shot. gun control is not the answer. education hard work honesty loyalty all these play a part in a better nation

    January 24, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nutty

    Notice how many occurred at "traffic stops"? Maybe police officers need to stop making speed traps, pulling people over for driving at an appropriate rate of speed in a place with an artificially low speed limit?

    Make the speed limits CORRECT and APPROPRIATE and stop using motorists as a municipal piggy bank! It's PATHETIC!

    Of course, if someone is speeding dangerously, by all means pull them over. But many "speeders" are actually NOT speeding or doing anything dangerously: they are merely driving at an appropriate rate of speed in a place with an artificially low speed limit. It's unacceptable.

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