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 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. Richp, Easton, Pa

    People are being pushed to the edge, whether suicide by cop or just plain anger at whats going on does not matter. Back during the great depression many broke laws just to get into jails where they could be fed, now it's get busted and your wife and kids can collect while you are in doing time. How many fathers bail on their families just so they can become eligible for income and govt housing.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard

    Aaron, and all the other gun fanatics here...... we do know that when you reach for your gun, and cradle it in your palm, and caress it, and then shoot it off, it's your penis you're holding..... no dick, but a big gun can make you feel like a big man, right????

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11:11

      Sounds like you have gun envy. You should really upgrade that Daisy Red Rider. You might even be able to handle a 22 caliber. I think anything more than that will be too scary for you though. You don't want to prematurely discharge ya' know.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mr. Davidson

    As long as they continue to listen to Politicians ,they will not have a chance ,out on the street.We are at war ,right here, not in Iraq ,not in Afganistan. If you do not think we are at war you might easily be shot and killed on the street .That is why most warrants are only served with a swat team anymore.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. roarsa

    The criminals always get guns in the black market; so taking the good guy's guns away is not a solution. Many homes are not broken into because the criminals know that someone with a gun is waiting for them. We need more guns for the citizens. We need to make a law that if people have guns at home, they must have a cabinet built onto the wall that has a lock that children cannot open so they cannot get a hold of a gun. We lie in the 21st century and have not figured out how to make guns save at home. There will always be criminals who will kill people and it is going to get worse.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Buggie Owens

    Hey one is going to take away your little toys

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james

    So much call for people to be rational. A rational person might go and review the statistics around crime and morbidity (FBI and CDC respectively) and do a little thinking for themselves. They might realize that twice as many people commit suicide as are murdered in the US. They might realize that violent crime is about the lowest it has been in decades. They might even discover that more cops are killed in car accidents than gun fire.. That's what a rational person would do.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I just do not understand why everyone is commenting asking for more gun control. I live in upstate NYS and I do not have the right to own a hand gun. No one does in NYS unless you can afford to buy a judge to allow you to have one. Seems we have just as many guns crimes as anywhere else? The crooks have no problem getting the guns, but i can not own one without becoming a crook myself. Again the Police and the Government can only come too late to find my body.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Grob Hahn

    This happened because the fear of cops is waning fast in America. We have "tolerated" the escalation of our gang population which has been complicated by a culture of lawlessness, excess and apathy toward consequences. In a land where kids grow up thinking that criminals are cool, which is not new by the way, Americans idolized creeps like Dillinger just as readily as today's "Gangstas". To the people who don't understand how this could be happening I can only ask, "Have you been living in a cave all these years?"

    January 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mark

    I agree that guns by themselves don't kill people. If we got rid of all the guns in the world, it would just be a reason for people to find another effective weapon, like a knife or even their cars. This problem will never be solved. NRA will be around forever and control gun legislation. If you threaten to get rid of them, they will complain that their right to assemble is being violated.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Gene

    Let's not forget the killed, wounded, and their families while you all are bantering on here

    January 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Eric of Reseda

    GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM!!!! I am a devout Liberal, but do NOT ascribe to the nonsensical notion that the4 2nd should be repealed. GO WATCH MOORE'S "Bowling for Columbine" again. He cites, for one, Canada, which has PLENTY of guns amongst the general population but a FRACTION of the gun violence. Why? Americans need to look in the mirror, look at the ugliness that pervades our society and civil discourse AND history. We embrace violence in America. We reap what we sow. Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

    And by the way, this notion that arming people will cut down gun violence didn't help much in Arizona, did it? There were multiple armed citizens there who never got off a shot....

    January 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Glad you brought up "Bowling For Columbine". Especially the sequence dealing with Canada. As you say,they have as many guns as we do. They also have all the same movies and video games(which some people blame for American violence. Yet gun crimes are a fraction of ours. Why? Moore says it's because the media is relentless in feeding paranoia in this country. Who knows? If we could get a definitive answer we might have a better chance at fixing our gun-violence problem.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SAM

    Great to see the citizens finally standing up these cops have been way out of control for to long getting away with murder on a weekly basis, i'm really starting to feel good about 2011

    January 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Henry Miller

    Okay, CNN, how about a little context: How many cops are shot, nation-wide, in an average 24-period? My guess is it's about... 10.

    I think CNN is hyping what are likely no more than an average number of shootings just to express, fairly subtly, its anti-gun bias.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim NJ

      Henry....the stat I've seen is a police officer is killed about every 1.5days in the US. Some of those are motor vehicle related. It is an anomoly that so many died in a short time but since the shootings are all unrelated to one another, responsilble journalism would point out that this is disproportionate to the average. But then again, responsible journalism would report the thousands of cases each year where legal gun owners stop crime (many times without a single shot being fired). But that doesn't stoke peoples fear.....and doesn't drive ratings or web traffic

      January 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ituri

      You think 10 cops a day are shot in the USA...? Are you joking?

      January 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. j Aspinall

    10 points for the good guys!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. citizenUSA

    Let's face it, guns are here to stay. The unfortunate part is you don't hear about the good things they do. Hey, would you rather be shot by some punk or some punk that's going to shot you be shot by a cop? Police are here to protect us all even though some don't deserve or even want it. When you put your life on the line for others you should have anything you want or need. No wonder cops get a little jumpy sometimes. There may be more aggressive but less lethal tactics the police can utilize. The whole police department should go and serve warrants. Hire some mercs. We do it in other places.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
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