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. Kuske

    Less than 4% of all shootings in the US are in self defense.

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

    That's a start...

    January 24, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lisa

    On friday in livonia,mi a funeral was held for another officer shot in the line of duty..what is this crazy world coming to?

    January 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. andrermusa

    Arizona shooting, school shooting, mall shooting, cop shooting... so, what about that amendment 2 huh... I know bunch of chovinist people protect it with their life without questioning it as if it was engraved on stone but I am the kind of person that question things instead of blindly accept it because some crazy dudes wrote it few hundred years ago.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • conradshull

      Actually, it is engraved in stone (figuratively). One may not like that fact and maybe it shouldn't be (I disagree, but that's only my opinion). Prohibition was engraved in stone and it was then "chiseled out".

      January 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11:11

      @ andrermusa: "because some crazy dudes wrote it few hundred years ago"? You just won the prize for the most ignorant person in history. You wouldn't even be able to make such an asinine comment if it hadn't been for those "crazy dudes". The first amendment could not stand if not for the second.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrermusa1

      if it was convenient for them at that era to get married with guys, you would probably have a husband now for now questioning it =)

      January 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. pito

    Hye my wife is a cop who ever want to say guns don`t make us safely dream on in florida responde time is 4 to who know minutes and you are talking about safety try this call 911 1 to 2 minutes police responding 3 to 6 minutes having my 45 glock next me priceless.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jordan

    COULDN'T AGREE MORE! AMEN! You take these fools and end their lives as they did the hard working law enforcement that stood to protect our livlihoods.

    *****************
    Tighter gun control is NOT the answer, harsher punishment is. When people aren't scared of the consequences of their actions because they know they'll spend 40 years in prison, paid for by tax payers, people are willing to commit these crimes. If you make punishment by death a mandatory thing for any homicide, carried out within one year from the date of the crime, I guarantee crime would drop.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. arizonan44

    no, really! we are not becoming like Mexico!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jman

    The qualifactions for any type of law officer are pretty lax compared to those of us that train and shoot competively on a weeklý basis. Used police firearms are some of the best buys because they'll hartdly used!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Toofer

    Guns suck! Guns are awesome! Disagreeing with me means you're stupid! Don't call me stupid – YOU are stupid! If you yell loud enough, you win by default! YAY!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Beal

    We need more police, more Homeland Security Personnel, our military can no longer defend us either, we need to hire more private guns...and you if you believe this stuff....your a space-shot. New Jersey is complaining about cutting police forces; for the past two years with a full force they led the country in crime. More does not mean better. We need people in Washington who are going to do what the people want and not what the people in Washington want for themselves. Stand your ground and vote them all out in 2012, unless their personal job record states different.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce Harris

    The Death Penalty needs to be ramped up may i suggest pay per view also give the $ too the Victims family

    January 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anya

    Statistics show a good percentage of the guns "bad guys" have were stolen guns owned by "good guys". If you "good guys" want to stay armed so desperately START SECURING YOUR GUNS PROPERLY!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. alex

    Please just remember that the officers shot and killed are people, not just subjects that can be used to convey your political views. I would love to see anyone of the people who have commented be a police officer for one day and see how you handle it.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Darb

    The argumentthat we need guns to protect ourselves is specious. European countries have much stricter gun laws and their gun related deaths are far fewer than ours. Gun advocates (I am not talkng about hunters, but about those who think owning a semi-automatic for "protection" is necessary) are under a delusion and have fallen under the FOX spell.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11:11

      Gun ownership predates Fox news by several hundred years. You Marxist can play connect the dots in ways that simply are amazing.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChicagoNick

      "You Marxist can play connect the dots in ways that simply are amazing."

      It's called Mental Illness AKA liberalism/

      January 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. asphalttech

    The 2nd amendment is not going anywhere. Are there any Americans posting here? Our government is stripping rights away from us on an almost daily basis (which regular media fails to report on – always) and you want to make sure we have no means to fight back? I don't think so. That amendment is there so that we can keep our government in check if need be. Wishing this amendment away is one of the most un-american things I can think of. You people need to stop living in fear. People die, every day. Lots of people.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • not4hire

      Has everyone forgotten that there are worse ways for these individuals to act out. If they can't get ahold of a firearm what's to stop them from using something that may cause way more death and damage than a pistol. What would have happened if that idiot in Arizona had resorted to using a car bomb? Blame the individual not the method.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
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