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. Emily

    8 children and teens are shot every day in America. Where is the media coverage of this?

    January 25, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. ThePeople

    Cops bother more people then they actually save or help. I sympathize for the families of the cops. I feel for their kids. But Cops abuse their authority. How come they can be so big and bad when they around people that pose no threat to them. They can be rude and slick with people. And people just bite their tongues. But when faced with a real job and real criminals. Where are the big brave cops? Poof. Gone! They disappear. Go to youtube and look at the video "Halloween Polica Brutality" and you guys will see what I am saying.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. jerrie m

    Because Andols, its that perception thing. That whole thing about the gold shield they wear on their chest. The idea of duty, courage and serve and protect. All good stuff. And I would speak in their defense but I'm from Chicago and cops here may be the most corrupt in America. They have been since the days of Al Capone. I've seen too many cases of police corruption where a department spokesperson comes on TV and advises citizens of Chicago to not allow the actions of a few dirty cops to undermine the good work of honest brave cops. But the so-called brave cops live by the same blue code of silence that the rogue cops live by. Don't snitch on a fellow officer. The ironic thing is they took an oath to uphold the law. That's why they are so polarizing and mistrusted

    January 25, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peace

    Carry guns, get shot at.... go figure

    January 25, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. jerrie m

    This is for Luca and everyone else who say that the percentage of rogue cops is so low that its grossly unfair to judge all cops as being rogue. If you saw your neighbor, someone you've known and associated with for years commit a serious crime, would you turn that neighbor in to authorities. Cops have not only a moral obligation to turn in or arrest fellow officers who are corrupt, but its also their sworn duty. Until they cease their blue code of silence, they will always be viewed collectively with fear and skepticism by a large part of the public they serve

    January 25, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      AMEN!

      January 25, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      really? 34 people are murdered every day in the U.S. by handguns, I would say it is your 'right' to carry guns which is actually responsible for this. Seriously, 34 every day, and you still percieve the right to carry guns as a good thing?

      January 25, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      Pete, prohibiting things that people want NEVER works. Look at the national disasters alcohol and drug prohibition.

      January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. ianeggle

    I'm deeply curious how many of the people on here posting "F-the Po-lice" rants are angry because some officer or deputy had the audacity to not allow them to drive whatever speed they wanted to. As per the Department of Transportation's preliminary (projection, but accurate within 2%) results, roughly 33,900 Americans were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2009. Thirty Three Thousand Nine Hundred, in one year. That number makes the casualties for the entire Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns look like a day at the beach. Also, as per DOT, 'excessive speed' was one of if not THE primary factor in the overwhelming majority of traffic fatalities.

    Speed limits exist to save lives. Just because you have the money to own a vehicle that handles well at 90mph does NOT automatically make you qualified to operate it that quickly. All of us need to put our egos in check and realize that we're not as good of a driver as we think we are. Leave a little earlier if you don't want to be late. Slow down.

    Remember, the police ENFORCE traffic laws (and are in fact by nature of their job REQUIRED to do so), they DO NOT make them. You think the speed limit in your area is stupid? Take it up with your congressman and senators, and cut the guys and gals in blue some slack. It's not their fault.

    January 25, 2011 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Its not their fault)? Who forced them to do that job? Responsibility lies with the person.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Smallmansion

      Good research. As for dave, if that is the best you can come up with, you need to go back to school sir.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. USA

    and your just the most perfect person in the world right? get real are you kidding me with this post of yours. you need help

    January 25, 2011 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. citizenn

    In the U.S., there are approximately 1000 people for every one police officer. 1000 to 1. Those numbers are not likely to change much, because police are far too expensive to hire any more than we currently have. The bottom line is this: It is lunacy for cops to behave as if they do not need the support of the people. Without the support of the people, cops would not last long.

    January 25, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Archie

    "Gee, our old LaSalle ran GREAT"! Those were the days!!!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rational1

    Geez, reading the comments, I didnt know this country was filled with so many sick people happy cops got killed. Of course they are probably the bottomfeeders of society with an axe to grind or an arrest they havent taken responsibility for yet. Get a life!

    January 25, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      been treated like crap by just about every police officer I have every dealt with. I am a 47 year old veteren and have never been in trouble but yet any time I have to deal with a cop it is usually a very unpleasant experience, they seem to be rude and filled with testosterone with very few social skills, so not happy about seeing them shot or killed but I still hate cops

      January 25, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • MPL

      More rampant than you might think!
      Scary?....You bet.

      January 25, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • ProLifeWomb2Tomb

      I read about 5 responses and had to stop. Repulsive.
      We live in a small coastal community where crime (outside of domestic/booze/drugs) is null.
      The article has the event that happen here in Oregon.
      We have great community/county/state LEO's Most are Godly Men who live in the community and do a wonderful job working with civil citizens and the not so civil.
      Are hearts are heavy and Praying this fellow community member / LEO pulls through.
      The Perp is still on the loose in an area that he cannot get out of without swimming into the ocean.
      I will not read any further as the comments here horrible and unAmerican.

      January 25, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill H

    And just think ... Cities are thanking these brave people by laying them off!! There's rumblings of canceling their pensions too !!!! I say all the city officials doing this should have to do their jobs. The biggest problem with police work is they might have a while of quiet nights and then all of a sudden, BAAM!, it switches to full throttle chaos where their getting shot at. Maybe we should bring corruption charges against all these government officials who mismanaged their budgets so bad.

    January 25, 2011 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Kirk C

      I agree, and think about this too a police officer gets a modest salary and is expected to live within that and not even accept coffee or any such "bribes" but yet a politician gets paid several times that amount and a expense account (police sometimes have to buy life saving equipment out of their own pocket when the stuff issued is junk or outdated because of budget constraints) and politicians still accept bribes (under the guise of "campaign contributions") the only thing worse than that (that I can think of is) in the military we are sometimes issued stuff because some "Butt hole General" is taking kick backs under the table for issuing us this crap (this is TREASON as far as I am concerned)( colt m-4, Beretta m-9 the new uniforms etc.)(Beretta makes some fine firearms, the m-9 is not one, I would want to have while I can not think of any Colt product I would pay for or carry if given my choice.)

      January 25, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. BlueNorange

    WOW i really wonder why these cops are gettn shot? I know us normal citizens aren't goin carzy...However some of you cops gotta chill out n not take ur job so seriously all brcause u have a badge and a gun cuz obviously u arent the only ones with guns. People cant afford to pay the bs tix u write out as jokes and ur harassment needs to stop NOW

    January 25, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • tcassout

      Your not exactly what I would call normal. Your the type to drive 50 in a school zone then call the cop a jerk when he gives you a ticket.
      Couldn't pass the exam?

      January 25, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • popo

      BlueNorange you are an idiot. It's people like you why there are people like me.

      January 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      JERK

      January 27, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lazer007

    i hate to say it but it looks like a war on cops..to many being shot in one day...some bad guy learn something new and it has a ripple efect.to the drug lord's there doing there home work on how to do this ..cops must start working in two's no more one cop in the car thing the list go's on.faster backup at all time's..GOOD cop's i'm for ya and pray to god for ya out there..i'm just a old friend trying to give ya some insight..bad cops get your act togather..and stop worrying about money and outher crap! your to ser and protec..thats what you wanted and thats what ya got ..do you dam job or quit..this is no game and yes there out to get you if you mess up. thats for all the green horn's out there.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. hmmm

    the media fuels these types of actions

    January 25, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
    • momofmany

      I must add that we must also look at SOME of the Judges who sentnece these animals. They (the Judges ) are in a position of sending a strong message in their communities and MANY fail to do so for reasons of their own. If an individual will shoot an officer of the law, then they will shoot anyone!

      January 25, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. ed bailey

    Police officers I have found are like the general public.A few of them I like very much and have the highest respect for. The rest I would step over if they were dying on the street!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
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