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. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I always find strange the odd marriage of religion and guns. Even the NRA knowingly played upon the movie image of Charleton Heston as Moses raising his staff to part the waters, with the image of him holding up is rifle at the NRA convention. But you know, his was a RIFLE, not an assault weapon...but what they do is take the yearly dues from hunters across the country and use that money to lobby for unrestricted access to assault weapons, often called "street sweepers", not usually an issue for hunters. They do so by fanning the stale "slippery slope" myth that if we have any restricions whatsoever on bazookas, next thing "they" will come for your rabbit gun, and it's such a lie. But the average guy in his pickup with an NRA sticker who pays his NRA dues does NOT own an asault weapon, but hunting arms. Nobody is coming after your hunting shotgun, Bocefus.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ljh824

      What??? You sir are so uninformed it's pathetic. An assult weapon is commonly referred to as a "street sweeper?" It's this kind of ignorance that is fanning the gun control issue. The uninformed, ignorant people/politicians that use blanket statements like assualt rifle and automatic.

      It's a 2nd amendment right. If you dont like gun ownership, leave.

      January 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hateraids

    10 cops shot to probably 1,000 innocent ppl shot, beaten, and everything else. come on ppl there is a lot of work still to be done

    January 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. arizonan44

    the more and more Americans are oppressed by the government, the more the cops will be shot.

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

      Didn't you guys just have a Congressperson shot?

      January 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Typically more police officers are killed and injured in vehicle accidents than they are with guns. Last year, for example, 8 officers were killed in traffic accidents and only 6 were killed by firearms (4 of which officers were killed in one instance by a gunman who illegally obtained the weapon). Making more laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining more weapons. Starting to enforce the current laws will. Other officers were killed by other reasons not listed in the USA Today article. However if you want more raw data, you can go look up the FBI Uniformed Crime Reporting statistics and see that officers are more likely to be involved in traffic accidents and killed than by a gun. This story is just another example of the media trying to sensationalize the issue. More people and officers are still killed by vehicles than by guns. Those are the facts.

    Furthermore, the year is just starting, so the statistics for this year will not be accurately known for another 11 months or more.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lionhart

    What? That is some racist rant psycho talk!!!

    January 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Snipe

    The families that lost loved ones are going to have it ruff for a while. Cops sign up for the job and everything that comes with it...If more law abiding citizens carried guns or tasers then that will force non law abiding citizen to think twice (rationalize) if they should commit a crime or not. All political parties must keep this country out despair becuase despair breeds chaos...

    January 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. antonio

    Unfortunately, in a society where ordinary peaple continue to vainly compete with, and against one another (those thinking of themselves as privaleged powerful gods being the culprits)the prevalence of the oldest evil trend continues to take presedence amongst us. Humanity is the Eternal Establishment of the Highest Power that can not stand divided nor proportionately out of balance. Let us place our cosmic knowledge of sacred research in one powerful perspective and re-establish this hour,our house.We stand in our lot- an Holy Place.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John D Lamb

    Comments please.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cp125

    Is anyone still doubting that this society has gone to hell? The miserable schoolsystem, the bullying, the worshipping of children who in turn have no respect for anything (least of all themselves), the unrelenting marketing of violence in every aspect of our lives,the availability of guns at every corner. Welcome to the new order in America, choas.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave Howell

    Getting rid of the guns is useless. Gun safety, gun etiquete, KNOWLEDGE about what a gun will do is the answer. We see sanitized shooting on TV...no blood, no screaming, no shattered bones, paralysis, sucking chest wounds, brains leaking from the head...those I've seen. It's a matter of what we've painted via mass media versus the real thing. Getting shot HURTS. You go into shock, you wonder if you're gonna die. And, you wonder WHY did I get shot? Ask anyone who's even been superficially wounded what they remember. It will be the PAIN, the FEAR and it's capped by wanting to return the favor! We can't get rid of them...c'mon folks, be reasonable. I won't give mine up. Will you? Would you leave you and your family defenseless against home invaders who DO carry guns and don't care who they injure or kill? Common sense says that if clubs were our only weapon, then we'd all have big clubs. If it was bow and arrow, we'd all have a bow and quiver by the door. Same thing with guns...I WILL protect me and mine and if someone dies in the process, I can only hope it's the bad guy and not me, my wife or any of my kids. I WILL defend them to the death!

    January 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • GSXR600

      AGREED!!

      January 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Chicago Al2

    There are approximately 44 million responsible gun owners in the United States who didn't shoot anyone today.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Actually there is more like 103 million gun owners who shot no one today...

      January 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indianapolis

      ...which means 44 million people did not need a gun today.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mal

    A cop's life is just as important as anyone's. No one should cry harder just because someone is a cop.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ron

    Right let's have laws against guns and the manufacturing of guns... we set them up just like the prohibition of alcohol...wait that didn't work. Ok lets set laws just like we have against drugs....oops wait that doesn't work either..we already have laws in place for automatic weapons, yet crimminals use them daily... your naive if you believe that a law written on paper is going to stop those already with no disregard for law or life from obtaining a weapon an commiting this same acts of violence.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Van

    Huh. . . When I read the article I first thought where is the respect for our law inforcement? And I didnt really read any substantial arguments for self defence in the comments.
    A gun gives one swift mechanical power to kill not the right to kill.
    In the future before purchasing a gun you do not know how to use, befriend your local protect and serves, let them know you appreciate them for more than 2 back to back episodes of cops.

    January 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dave

    You cannot control people therefore you MUST control guns! How many people must die before we ignore the NRA and do something about this?!

    January 24, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Guns are heavily controlled. Note that bad guys do not go to the gun store for guns.

      January 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns. We don't need gun control - we need PEOPLE control!

      January 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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