CHICAGO — Chicago Police will now work in pairs and have been warned about violence after shootings in Dallas left five police officers dead Thursday night.
Seven officers and at least two civilians were wounded in the attack, which came after an anti-police-brutality protest. In response, Chicago Police were told that they must be paired with partners "to increase visibility and strengthen officer safety," according to a Chicago Police news release.
"This week's events are also important reminder of our work with community partners to continue promoting positive engagement between officers and the residents we're sworn to protect," police said.
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In an interview about the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Richard Wooten, a former Gresham District Chicago Police officer, echoed that sentiment and explained that the current political climate has officers on edge.
“You have a lot of officers out here who fear the way society has changed,” Wooten said. “Society has become more resistant to the police."
Chicago Police were also warned to "exercise extreme caution" after the shootings, according to the Chicago Tribune, with the department spreading the message over police radio throughout the night and in the morning.
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