'Two officers and a gunman killed in St. Petersburg shootout'
Around the nation, there have been increasing incidents of violence against the police. In particular, Florida seems to have been a noteworthy location of these police deaths in the last month due to police murders in Miami, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. As these police killings make the national news, I cannot help but wonder what leads individuals to target the protectors of society for their inability to abide by the established laws. More troubling is that these acts of violence seem to occur when police officers are trying to enforce minor violations such as speeding or serving a warrant. The outrage and media coverage in the Tampa Bay area due to the murders has been overwhelming, as police fear that the streets they reside in are becoming unsafe and almost lawless.
After attending a recent trial for a friend who had an altercation with a police officer, I could feel the tension in the courtroom due to other recent crimes against police officers. It would be easy to accuse video games such as Grand Theft Auto for the violent sprees that many of these career criminals go on before taking their own lives. But maybe their actions may better be explained with the choices in front of them, return to prison or go out guns blazing in a Wild West sort of way. Naturally, I do not condone action against the law enforcement and have been forced to take a new appreciation for the job they do everyday to prevent anarchy and the chaos that is present in a Blood Meridian society.