US police forces respond to Dallas attack with grief, action

NEW YORK (AP) — Police departments across the country are reacting to the deadly sniper attack on officers in Dallas with a mix of sorrow for the victims and concern for their own.

Officers on forces that normally allow officers to patrol alone — including Chicago, Las Vegas and Cincinnati — were ordered on Friday to team up in pairs as a safety measure.

Outside the New York Police Department headquarters in lower Manhattan, police officers stood at attention as an American flag was lowered to half-staff.

Police Commissioner William Bratton also met behind closed doors with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD’s top commanders to discuss how to react to Thursday’s slaying of five officers and wounding of seven others in Dallas.