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 CNN,  KIRO-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. That's Just Silly

    Oh, Disgruntled. It has nothing to do with liberal or conservative. And I wonder why we always look to blame someone or some race. That's just crazy. We spend so much time blaming the "others" and so little time finding a solution. Can you imagine if we spent more time solving what we would actually accomplish? Sheesh. Yeah, blame has its place. For instance, whites were responsible for slavery and prolonging discrimination. Let's not dwell on it! Find a solution. Screw politically correct too. Grow some thicker skin and move on. So cops get shot. That's the risk. Yeah I feel bad but not as bad as I might for an innocent bystander who may have gotten shot.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saitamaman

    I thought all these guns were supposed to be keep us safer.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B. Richards

    I get tired of the far right playing victim. Boo, freaking, hoo.

    It's not your family and friends getting killed. Far from it; it's your enemies.

    The far right hates the government, loves cop-killer bullets and wants every citizen armed to kill cops.

    They say it everyday. Their leaders preach it.

    Then they play victim like the little cowards they are.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jax

    It's getting harder & harder to feel sorry for cops these days when they get hert.thear arrogance only provokes people. They like to thank they intemedate but they don't,thay like to harass ,assaul people and then hide behind that badge. There's a reason why they call it a sheld.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mark

    Yes many police officers has been attacked by people who lost their love of life but let's not forget the many people who has fallen to the hands of gunfire by our police officers who were never a threat but were slain still. Its a sad day when people are killed but there is no gang as big as our police officers across the world who use these killings of their family or friend and abuse the people that they set out to protect. Its not All police officers but it hurts all the same. Pray for those families and love shall grow strong

    January 24, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    The problem lies with the worthless judges sitting on the bench. Our justice system needs to take some lessons from other countries that actually punish their criminals, not slap them on the hands and say "bad". Rehabilitation does not work, wake up politicians, start listening to what Americans are asking you to do. Quit lobbying for your own personal agenda and lets fix America. Very soon it will be too late. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting dimmer and that dim light is just around the corner.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kevin

    My prayers for the families of those slain officers. I don't know why anyone would want to be a police officer.

    January 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nevayield

    Point no. one : Just read the comments, look at the aggression displayed towards one another in forums meant simply to allow everyone to voice their opinion. And we wonder where is all of the craziness coming from?! Now take it one step further and put these same individuals in a room together and have this discussion and comments toward one another. Now add weapons. Hmmm???

    I find it peculiar when the comment is one of a negative tone and opinion some refer and speak of our country as if they are exempt from inclusion in the very statement America. Bottom line is, it's us every last one of us is to blame in one way, form fashion or another, MYSELF included for any problems we have in our country simply because it IS OUR country!

    Point no. two : So much pointing of fingers is going on but not much if any light is being shined on the way some police officers abuse not only their power, but citizens as well from simply the way they to speak to a person, to the out right physical assaults you see DAILY, let alone the out right murder of citizens.

    Frankly it's a wonder to me we haven't seen more violence against the police. Sad but true.

    With all of that said the lose of ANY life is wrong no matter how you slice it. And ALL life should be valued American, Haitian, Somalian, Iranian, Palestinian, Israeli, British, Police officer, Government official, or everyday citizen black, white, brown, yellow, or red! (Excluding child molesters F'm, sitt'm in the electric chair 3 at a time baby)

    January 25, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. World

    Cop carry guns.. and normal people like us do not carry guns.. So it times to fight em back..since the cops think they are OUTLAWS. NO MORE OUTLAWS. If I were govt and I would pull the plug of gun factory and shut down the gun stores of the whole country then there will be more SAFER on the streets! And put more $ into country most needed for these public needs!

    January 25, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rod

    It's the logical mix of the anti-government and pro-gun movement promoted by right-wing politicians. You don't have to be a genius to see where we're headed. The violent innuendos by right wing politicians and talk show hosts is catching up to this country. It will be a lot more difficult to bring civility back now that we have so many new right-wing politicians whose political careers were built on tough guy, anything goes, gun talk. The human tragedies will pile up until we get our senses back. As a country we need to re-learn why we controlled guns in the first place. We are going to learn the hard way.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. Emily

    8 children and teens are killed every day in the U.S. by gun violence. Where is the media coverage of this??

    January 25, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. wcnea567

    Bad times for folks in blue but profitable times for NRA and gun manufacturers. That translate into more campaign fund for progun politicians. All criminals originated from innocent people. Its the combination of people and gun contributed to all those gun violence. Guns make committing crimes easier. But money can spin things around and blame only one and not the other.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. jerrie m

    Perception versus reality. The perception is that police officers are brave and admirable public servants who put their lives on the line to protect citizens, therefore, it is thought to be more horrific a crime when one of them is killed or seriously wounded by gunfire. The reality is that gun violence is a part of their job. That's why they carry guns. Because they know that criminals have them and may at some point be brazen enough to use a gun on an officer. I think its far more tragic when an unarmed citizen is shot and killed by a gun-toting assailant than when a police officer is killed. I don't feel sorry for them. Not one bit. The blue code mantra by which they operate makes the otherwise decent cops rottem also when they refuse to tell on rogue cops that they know are dirty. The silence makes them all accomplices to dirty cop behavior. So let them continue to duck and dodge bullets. Its what they signed up for

    January 25, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. N

    Every police drama these days is a rogue cop, going outside the system to find their own law, abusing people in the process. People actually see a few instances like that in real life, combine the two and suddenly there is distrust. used to be you had like Law and Order or what not, that the cops actually looked more or less like the good guys (most of the time). Now you have things like Chicagoland, southside and Detroit 187 or whatever it is. And all you see is cops kicking in doors and roughing people up.

    the police need a PR campaign to show they aren't the bad guys.

    When is the last time you saw a police car and felt glad about it?

    January 25, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    The shooting at the Walmart was arguably linked to vicious propoganda publicized by hard left union goons. They encouraged the idea of targeting Walmart to further their own selfish ends and this could be the result.

    January 25, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
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