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New York - US Police Forces Respond To Dallas Attack With Grief, Action

Published on: July 8, 2016 06:30 PM
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John Fife, minister at One Souls Night, hands a police officer guarding Jack Evans Police Headquarters a rose in Dallas, TX on Friday July 8, 2016 after a deadly shooting in downtown Dallas where 5 police officers were killed on the night before. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News)John Fife, minister at One Souls Night, hands a police officer guarding Jack Evans Police Headquarters a rose in Dallas, TX on Friday July 8, 2016 after a deadly shooting in downtown Dallas where 5 police officers were killed on the night before. (Nathan Hunsinger/The Dallas Morning News)

New York - Police departments across the country on Friday reacted to the deadly sniper attack on officers in Dallas with a mix of sorrow for the victims and concern for their own, with many taking precautions to guard against copycats and other potential threats.

Outside New York Police Department headquarters, officers stood at attention as an American flag was lowered to half-staff to honor the five officers killed and seven wounded on Thursday in Dallas during a protest over fatal police shootings of black men.

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Inside, Police Commissioner William Bratton met behind closed doors with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD’s top commanders to discuss how to react to the killings. Pairs of NYPD officers were posted in front of the entrances to precinct stations across the city.

“We stand with the men and women of (Dallas’ city and transit police departments) and their families to mourn the loss of these fine officers,” Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association in New York, said in a statement. “They did nothing to harm anyone, but instead were protecting the rights of others to be heard in protest.”

The most common safety measure for forces that normally allow officers to patrol alone — including Chicago, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Louisville, Kentucky — was to order them to team up in pairs.

“It’s a good time to double up in the interest of safety and to give officers the opportunity to talk to one another and decompress,” said Dwight Mitchell, a spokesman for Louisville police.

The directive in Chicago came after officers working overnight there heard dispatchers broadcast a message urging them to “use extreme caution” after the Dallas attack. Elsewhere, officers were reminded to always wear their bulletproof vests.

A single white rose is left at the edge of the South Pool of the 911 Memorial atop the area of the memorial for New York City Police (NYPD) officers killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, following the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar A single white rose is left at the edge of the South Pool of the 911 Memorial atop the area of the memorial for New York City Police (NYPD) officers killed in the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, following the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar


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