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. MD

    Gun control fixes nothing. Criminals get guns no matter what laws are out. You are only hurting the people that can and will protect you when the bad guys come in with guns.

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

    A product of the ghetto ification of America and nothing more.

    I'd bet my yearly salary at least 8 of the 10 shootings were carried out by illegals or ghetto-ites.

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

      Maybe if the police would stop targeting blacks & immigrants, they wouldn't get killed by them. My boyfriend was murdered by a cop b/c he walked away from him. He didnt run, hit, nor threaten him. The cop was not charged & is back on duty. What about the black man shot in the back by an officer when he was already down on the ground? If there is to be no real justice, then street justice it is!

      January 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. roarsa

    I think that anything that says something against the leader of our country is sensored out. I just tried twice. When his name shows up some hot liberals take my message out. I was talking about our supreme leader having shown greast disrespect toward a cop as an example to the rest of the country. so maybe this self-censored post will go through.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anony

    Go ahead and try to restrict our rights further.

    Many more cops will be killed if you take one more inch.

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

      Please stay away from the NRA meetings, they're starting to rot your brain...

      January 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dirtyd

    hooray! more dead cops! send em home in buckets!

    January 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • roarsa

      you criminal!

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

    the president showed great disrespect toward cops recently and it's been catching on.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    If there is a repeal of the 2nd Amendment we WILL spill the blood of government thugs and the people that support them. You are warned.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tim NJ

    This isn't a second amendment issue since criminals don't have second amendment rights (convicted felons are banned from owning firearms by law). Most of the people screaming for gun control don't know the laws we already have. What you really want is total gun confiscation which is a pipe dream...if it were possible drugs like cocaine, heroin, etc. which have been banned for decades would no longer be found in our society. In the week of the Tuscan shooting there were more than ten stories reported in regional news where armed citizens saved their own lives from violent criminals. Depriving those people of the means to defend themselves would have resulted in their death or serious harm...the police would not have been there to "save" them....police don't stop crimes when they happen...they investigate crimes or apprehend criminals after the fact.

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

      Tuscan (with a y) is part of Italy...not a city in Arizona called Tucson...spelling proper nouns correctly will strengthen your arguments

      January 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim NJ

      Buggie...are you really that dense that because one word has a typing error you think you can throw out my comments. Why don't you point out where I'm incorrect instead of trying to critique my typing ability? Maybe, because you don't have the ability to present an argument (other than spelling corrections).

      January 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buggie Owens

      I was telling you that for your own good. Please point out where I said your argument had no validity. And I don't engage with arguing with random people for something that will have no purpose. Again, I'm just telling you how to improve your argument. The fact that you get bent-out-of-shape about it says more about you than it does me. Relax...no one is going to take away your toys

      January 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jorge washinsen

    when we watch many of the programs on the history channel and on many other channels about the prisoners running the prison and killing each other to make a point makes you wonder what is going to happen next.Prison has become a farce in the last 20 years. Should be no public cameras allowed in any prison and no interviews. Money is being made by this by the film crews and the end to end advertisements they cram into an hour episode. We do not need for our kids to see this.The prisoners are using these ad happy photographers for monetary gain.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. purnellmeagrejr

    These shootings could be related to the recent spate of revelations of horrendous police behavior towards citizens.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DNL

    I think the underlying problem here is the erosion of our manufacturing base in the U.S.
    Sending away decent paying jobs abroad causes poverty to increase at home, and more people to become desperate. Sadly it will only get worse unless we reverse course and, I hate to say it, share the wealth, just enough to keep people complacent (not welfare, decent paying jobs).

    January 24, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Ken

    Americans are the dumbest people on heart. Their leaders : TheTea Party people, Sarah Palin the clown, The NRA, Glenn Beck, Shawn Hannity. All of you weirdo owns a gun or two. Let's wait for a real Civil War.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • 11:11

      I had no idea any of the groups/people you listed ran the country? I thought Obama was president, the Dems controlled the Senate and the Republicans controlled the congress. You are so smart. ROFLMAO

      January 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thought police

      Well if we are dumb then you must be two brain cells short of a goldfish. On "heart". If you are going to make such a foolish statement shouldn't you have gone to school? I guess your eyesight was failing while trying to cheat in school through the 3rd grade.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet_genius

      We may be dumb but at least most of us can spell and form complete sentences. Feel free to come back in here and comment once you complete second grade.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ProperVillain

    Just remember, guns don't kill people...yeah....right....

    January 24, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Guns don't kill people, cops with guns kill people!

      Ban cops.

      January 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ituri

    The shootings don't seem related? Really?

    Honestly, people have no understanding of social unrest, do they. The people are ANGRY. The people are poor, ill, there are no jobs now and no jobs in the forseeable future, even if you have health insurance your actual health CARE still blows. We're being tagged by taxes and fees and rising normal costs in just about everything, from car registration, to insurance, to food, to simple entertainment to necessary utilities and gas. We're touched inappropriately by government officals in airports, our rights are being slackened off bit by bit "for our own safety." Our crime rates are horrible compared to similar countries, and they're going to get worse so long as the people are continually abused.

    They are connected because our society is connected. If you can't see the connection, you aren't looking.

    January 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • standingwave

      Then again,no matter what it is,people tend to see the things they look for.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Bacon Chef

    This is a GREAT DAY in BBQ history lol #friedthepolice 🙂

    January 24, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
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