Blue Epidemic: Florida Has Lost Four Law Enforcement Officers This Month

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2010 saw a 37% rise of “in the line of duty” deaths of this country’s law enforcement officers. We are not even finished with the first month of 2011 and already at least 14 of the nation’s peace-keepers have been killed, and many others wounded, in the line of duty. Four of those killed were Florida law enforcement officers … and within days of each other. Very, very troubling

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The slaying of two police officers as they helped serve a warrant stunned a state already mourning police deaths in Miami and capped a bloody 24 hours nationwide that saw 11 officers shot in five states.

“That’s not normal,” said Steven Groeninger, a spokesman for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which tracks police deaths. “It kind of seems like law enforcement, because of their uniform, have a target on their back.”

So far in January, 14 officers have been killed in the line of duty. Two of the 11 shot between Sunday and Monday have died.

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The officers’ deaths came just four days after two Miami-Dade County detectives were killed by a murder suspect they were trying to arrest. That suspect was killed by another detective.

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said the 14 January deaths came after a “devastating spike” in law enforcement deaths last year, when 162 officers were killed in the line of duty, up from 117 in 2009. Of the 162 officers, 61 were shot, an increase of 24 percent from 2009.

“I have never seen anything like it,” Memorial Fund Chairman and CEO Craig W. Floyd said in a news release. “The violent events of the past 24 hours in Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Oregon and Washington have been detrimental to America’s peace officers, taking the lives of two and injuring several others. We must do everything in our power to stop these senseless and heinous crimes against our law enforcement personnel.” […]

Part of me thinks Jared Laughner intended a ‘mass murder’ and a ‘suicide by cop’ that Saturday morning a couple weeks ago in Tucson, Az.

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