Mayor de Blasio Orders All City Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Slain Dallas Cops



NEW YORK––As a mark of respect for the victims of the deadly violence that occurred in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 7, 2016, by order of the Mayor of the City of New York, Bill de Blasio, all flags will continue to be flown at half-staff until further notice, effective immediately. Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of the late Dr. Roscoe Brown.

In a news conference today, Mayor de Blasio said, “It is a very painful day for this nation and for all of us here in this city. We stand in solidarity with the people of Dallas, for the police officers of Dallas – their families. There’s such agony right now because of this heinous attack. And let’s be very clear, this is an evil, an unacceptable attack.”

He added, “The officers in Dallas were assassinated in cold blood. And we know their families are in tremendous pain right now, but it is important to recognize that police officers and their families all over the country and in this city are feeling a very real pain as well.”

A number of safety precautions have been instituted to protect NYPD officers. No officers will be patrolling solo. All patrol officers will be paired up for their safety. Mayor de Blasio promised that there will be “a very substantial police presence at all protests.”

On Friday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered remarks on the recent shootings in Dallas, Texas and the police-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. The Governor delivered the remarks at an unrelated event in Utica.​

In a call for national unity, the Governor directed the lights of One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire to be displayed in red, white, and blue. The Peace Bridge connecting the United States to Canada in Buffalo, NY will also be lit up in red, white, and blue this evening at the Governor’s request. The Governor also directed all flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims of the shootings.

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