Wiregrass area law enforcement react to Dallas cop killings

Published: Jul. 8, 2016 at 10:19 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2016 at 11:30 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Police across the country are on high alert while they mourn the deaths of five Dallas police officers who were shot Thursday night during a protest against violence.

"This is a very sensitive situation and all of our hearts are heavy right now for not only the officers but even the civilians that have lost their lives," said Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker.

One suspect reportedly told officers, he was upset about recent shootings, and he wanted to kill whites, especially white officers.

"The officers were there protecting the First Amendment rights of the protesters as they should've done and someone took advantage of that and that really not only hurts the police, but it hurts the people who exercising their First Amendment rights," said Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish.

On Friday, flags were flying half staff for those lost in Dallas.

Local police agencies and many across the country are also reviewing daily procedures after this incident.

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