Police shot at in Florida, Los Angeles

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Two Los Angeles, California police officers were driving in their patrol car Sunday night, Dec. 28, 2014.

Two Los Angeles, California police officers were driving in their patrol car Sunday night, Dec. 28, 2014.

LOS ANGELES — Two Los Angeles police officers were shot at Sunday night while they drove their patrol car, police said. The officers returned fire, authorities said, and no one was injured.

One suspect was arrested and two weapons, including a rifle, were recovered. Another remains at large, prompting an hourslong manhunt involving about 100 officers, LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza said.

Police warned residents to stay indoors in part of South Central Los Angeles.

And there was a second incident over the weekend in which police were fired at, this one in Florida on Sunday morning.

Someone fired three bullets at two deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office as they sat in their patrol car.

“Both deputies reported hearing the whizzing sound of each projectile as they flew by,” the sheriff’s office said. “Deputies did not see the suspect or the vehicle from which the shots were fired.”

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the person or persons who fired at the officers. Pasco County authorities are also searching for someone who spray-painted, “Shoot MP Cop” on a road barrier in Meadow Pointe, a subdivision.

The latest shots fired at police come after New York police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in their patrol car on December 20.

The gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, then shot himself at a subway station. Earlier, he had posted angry messages on social media against police and government, citing the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, two black men killed by police.

On Saturday, more than 25,000 police officers from across the country and even Canada attended Ramos’ funeral.

Liu’s funeral will be January 4.

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3 comments

  • seriously

    The public schools and the media drum a debilitating message into the heads of black youth about how they are oppressed and deprived. They have it as good as anyone else. Everyone has problems but those told they are oppressed and deprived see every setback and difficulty in life as proof of it. But youth are impressionable and internalize this message and then live lives that are stunted as a result. Tell a child that message and you lead the kid to give up on society and view it as hostile. Thanks, public schools and the media! All kids ought to be told the truth – that they live in the wealthiest society that ever existed and have the same opportunity to work and live as anyone else. And if they apply themselves even a little, they will live better than 99% of humanity ever has before on the face of this planet.

  • seriously

    For example, I remember well how angry and insulted I used to feel as a kid when store clerks would treat me like a common criminal and follow me around stores. I never shoplifted and didn’t act like a criminal but that’s how they treated me. I’m not black. If I had been black it’s likely I’d have assumed their insulting suspicious treatment of me was due to racism. But since they and I were the same race I instead figured it was due to my young age. I have also been pulled over many times and had other run ins with police for no real reason – and I can’t attribute it to racism except in one instance where the cop was black. Again, I think it was the old car I drove and the fact I was young and poor. I’m pro-police, btw, and support their right to protect themselves against attack and threats – I don’t think they should have to wait for a suspect to shoot them or get their gun before they use deadly force.

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