Police departments taking more measures to protect officers

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St. Louis (KPLR) - Police departments across the country are taking more precautions after two New York City police officers were gunned down while sitting in their squad car over the weekend.

The shooter claimed he was seeking revenge for police killings of unarmed black men. His online threats and actions sent shock waves across the county.  St. Louis Police Officers Association spokesman Jeff Roorda says police are making changes after the startling attack in New York.

"The chief has renewed his order that all calls will be two-man cars so there's always an officer watching the back of the officer handling the call."

The family of Michael Brown and Eric Garner both condemned the shootings. The Brown family released the following statement:

"We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement.  It cannot be tolerated. We must work together to bring peace to our communities.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officers'
families during this incredibly difficult time."

Right now there are 164 names on the wall of officers in St. Louis city who lost their lives while on duty, it's a number police never want to see go up.

"Our intelligence unit is always monitoring not especially social media threats." said Roorda

So as police continue to work under heightened alerts. They say it's best to pay attention to how you approach the officer for help and directions.

"They should keep their hands in plain sight don't rush up to the officer or squad car don't make quick movements with their hands." He said

Police also plan to send 4 officers to the funeral services in New York.

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