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. Tired

    More officers being shot the same time all across the country they are being laid off. Tell all these Officers families that they made too much money and we can't afford to pay their pension. What perks are left to risking your life on a daily basis.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Craig

    When animals are backed into a corner they fight. The motto of the police forces of this country used to be "To Protect and Serve" and "Innocent until proven guilty" Our police forces have become increasingly militarized. People see regular abuses of power with unjustified shootings, tazer deaths, beatings, and the list goes on and on. Then they see the officer cleared of all charges as if he/she were beyond the law. Until we get back to the original core values of our police forces in the United States I'm afraid we are going to see more of these type of incidents. Gun control is not the answer to this terrible problem.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • AzHawaii

      very will said, americans are feud up with the law inforcement acts. Last month I was sitting in front of a store, getting ready to play golf drinking a soda, and the police come up to me and ask for my idea. Unreal cant even sit down without being bothered by them.

      January 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PhdWillie

    162 local, state and federal law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2010. That equates to 1 officer killed every 2.25 days. So far this year 14 LEOs have died in the line of duty ... as of 01/24/11 this MATCHES the rate for last year. There is a big push in the law enforcement community for the "Below 100" initiative, trying to get officers to wear their Kevlar vests every day, to buckle their seat belts (many cops are taught to not wear their seat belt because it interferes with drawing a weapon while seated in the car), and to slow their driving down.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Equal Justice

    There are too many petty laws in this country. The justice system is simply a training ground for criminals. People go to jail for drug charges and they graduate to murders. The f()(&'in system is broken and your are see the end result.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. davesmith

    to local,state ,federal police officers. i have a secret, repect is earned not given because you wear a bagde.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mica

    excuses excuses excuses!! call it what its is.....sorry evil people in the world. it would be nice for responsiblity for ur actions to be a REAL thing now a days!!

    January 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PAgirl33

    If you watch the movie The Town produced by Ben Affleck you will see how this nation is entertained by cop killing and bank robber's as being carried about by someone like himself who people with little respect for the law so as it is watches a movie like that and gets the balls to actually do it. I think since this movie has been out we have seen a quadruple increase in bank robberies in my area and its only getting worse as they are robbing subway's and radio shack's tying people up and using masks with 4-5 accomplices to do the job the same way as the movie. Hollywood should be held more accountable for making movies like this. Its just one part of the problem but just like the black and latino gangs emmulate Godfather and Scarface is the same way movies like The Town speak to our generation.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MerelyAmused

    There is a movement out there that is advocating going after cops specifically and that encourages people to go down fighting whenever possible.

    Look up the Sovereign Citizen, Posse Comitatus and Redemption movements, along with Committee of the States and you will see what whack jobs are out there, gunning for any authority figures. The rhetoric from these movements is passed on and embellished upon to the point that there is little sanity left. I have heard kids spouting the cr@p because their (usually) dads are repeating what they were told while in the Greybar Hotel or while listening to their ex-con buddies explaining why THEY were the victims.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bosco

    @ Disgust. You have just proved my point that most cops are under educated and they hide in the weeds to surprise the person driving home from work with a ticket. What a Hero!

    January 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. davesmith

    i was working as a security guard on private property, i went out side to smoke a cigarette when i got to the loading duck area their was a police officer blocking the loading dock with his patrol car. i told the police officer that he could not park there. his reply " i can do what i want to do" i was force to call his boss to make him move his car. when i return to the loading dock the officer was parked across the street.the point is that we have a human being with a badge and a gun who has the power to take a life or take away freedom. it is the mentality of officers like the i encounter that makes it dangerous for the citizens of america.

    January 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Submarine Sailor

      So let me get this straight......you were working your rent-a-cop just better than minimum wage job.....and you went out on company time to smoke a cig from your $6.00 a box of legal drugs.....told a valid police officer who might have been in the middle of a stake out of a real criminal or conducting a criminal investiation to move his car.....lol.....I would have told you the same thing you jack wagon....pass him a tissue!!!

      January 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chuck

    As the article stated, people are getting desperate. Movies and media have shown that it is ok to solve problems with weapons. For years America as a society has been in a decline. It is rapidly coming to a head. The court systems are a joke, government is out of control, jobless rate in reality is right around 20%, 1 out of 100 Americans is behind bars, and America is going broke. Get a clue people and get involved with your family and country before it is to late.

    January 24, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ant

    why is everyone freaking out about this. Police signed up to fight crime! These are criminals ! There's more to being a police officer than dui stops and seat belt tickets!

    January 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. meisme

    Really People ?

    January 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. meisme

    Man I see why the country is jacked !!! Take a look at this message board LOL this is a true cross section of the country .. God help us

    January 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. admiral 149

    The U.S. is a huge complex country with cultures, and subcultures having unique problems. Police officers are the people that are charged with enforcing the laws at the street level. Many many people in this huge complex country of ours feel that government is out of line, and that justice is not served. I have heard strong arguments from the right and the left offering a solution to our problems. Our courts of law play lets make a deal every day. Innocent people pay fines and sur charges. Bad guys walk away from punishment. Taxes are high and the treasuries are empty as government promises to solve all our personal problems. These other developed European nations with gun control have a problem with murderers too. As a matter of fact a terrorist just detonated a bomb in a Moscow airport killing at least thirty people, and injuring at least one hundred and fifty six people, so, I do not think Gun Control is the answer. What we really need to end violence in America is justice, where the guilty are punished and the innocent are unmolested. We need good jobs that pay a living wage. We need less Government and welfare that dehumanizes and angers people. Until all our citizens feel responsible for the support and well being of their own children and other family members, without support or interference from government, violence against police officers will continue.

    January 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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