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. MPL

    There are a number of people on here who NEED to go see the man or woman with the couch!
    I hate to steal a line from a movie...but here it comes...
    "I think we're gonna need a bigger couch".

    January 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lawdog359

    This story does well to highlight the risk that my brothers and sisters, the men and women in blue face every day in order to maintain order in society.

    However, at least one loss was missed. Ofc Larry Nehasil of the Livonia Mi (suburban Detroit) police dept was shot and killed while apprehending a suspect.

    Thank you to my brothers and sisters for the job they do, and sacrifices made in the name of order and peace

    January 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Eddie

    I am a police officer myself and have been for 10 years. I believe that part of the problem with officers getting shot,assaulted, or victimized is the fact the consequences are not harsh enough or are not being thoroughly enforced. I also believe that some officers also abuse their authority causing this hatred towards law enforcement.

    January 24, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhoenixRising

      @Eddie: I am unsure why I chose to respond to your message, but it is probably because it is the only one that made straightforward sense on this thread. Your comment that some officers abuse their authority is, indeed, correct. I have been on both sides - was arrested twice in my younger years for stupid stuff. Chose not to go that route. But have also thanked an officer for his help with a domestic violence call when I ran into him at a community event several weeks later where he was assigned to crowd control. He almost fell over when I thanked him. So, Eddie, thanks for your service to your community. Stay safe.

      January 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzHawaii

      I think many americans are feud up with police states, you cant even drive down the road these days, without some law inforcement running your plates, or even sit in front of a store to relax and drink a soda, without them bothering people, its unreal. The police act like everyone out breaking the law. In this country you are guilty until proven innocent.

      January 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nobodys fool

    How many people must die in car wrecks before cars are banned. Comon our savior president, save us from these deadly cars. Too many crazies have cars!

    January 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. abby

    I am sick and tired of hearing of people being shot; as the police said on the evening news tonight - it's the availability of guns.

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

    It seems the war on terror is now at our door. The policeman are fighting for our lives and their own. Too many people are starting to believe the only way to solve conflicts is with guns and unfortunately those guns are finding their way into the hands of felons and deranged individuals. God bless and watch over our police and armed forces trying to keep our country safe and free. They are truly the brave.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • davesmith

      that is your opinion. police need to respect their citizens maybe they will get respect in return.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Surely no one is surprised by this in America... are you? Until we come to terms with our people + gun = problems this will go on forever. Happy killings:)

    January 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jo

    Callousness is right. You read most comments on theses articles, and the majority prefer the cops the ones going down. They want to police themselves, and pretty soon that's how it's going to be.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • davesmith

      look stupid. just because a police officers put their lives on the line does not give them the right to abuse the public.

      January 24, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Crazi

    Gotta Laugh and feel bad, im sure these officers were good people who never disgraced their job but i have a funny feeling this is full circle for all those who were mistreated by cops back in times b4 and not so long ago as most of us know. Sorry these guys had to pay such a heavy price but maybe well start to see things change now. Hopefully for the better.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Travis King

    I don't by any stretch of the imagination condone the act of this individual, however, as our politicians, civic leaders, and social elites are exposed as being less and less accountable, underclass citizens are less likely to expect any real measure of justice from our system and instead are opting to refuse or shun legal justice as it is perceived to be a mere charade, often with lethal consequences. I think we should all expect to see more of this. I think it's no overstatement to say that the vast majority of American think our political and economic system is neither fair nor just. As such it goes without saying that fewer will be willing to allow themselves to be judged within that very system, be they criminals or otherwise.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    This is what happens when you create a police state. The USA has more people in jail than any other country and more cops than any other country per capita. The cops are basically set free to do whatever they want and are only accountable when caught on film. The DoJ is a big profit center for all those involved. Change the system and these problems wouldn't happen. Frankly I could care less what happens to these people good or bad..they are all corrupt.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ebos Abos

    Just more fuel to make people actually believe that being a cop is somehow dangerous. Most cops I know only put their lives on the line through excessive cholesterol use and neglect of exercise. Maybe if they all didn't act like they're somehow above the citizen mass and actually participated in serving and protecting rather than macho get the bad guys script that does nothing but lock up millions for victimless crimes but alas, we continue to live in a police state that most Americans somehow believe is protecting them, until they're on the wrong side of that cop's gun.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kim

    I KNEW ALL THOSE CRAZY KILLINGS IN MEXICO WAS GOING TO GIVE THE NUT JOBS OVER HERE IDEALS AFTER ALL ITS RIGHT ACCROSS THE BORDER. PEOPLE SEE THEM AS REBELS AND IDOLIZE THERE ACTIONS NOW THEY ARE ACTING LIKE THE CRAZY MEXICANS.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jack h

    too many cops bothering too many people driveing suspended because states want many people suspended for fine collection. people are tired of it.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    If only these officers possessed firearms and the training to use them, these tragedies would never have to happen!

    January 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
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