Commissioner: Boston police on alert after officer killings

Investigators work at the scene where two NYPD officers were shot, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York. Police said an armed man walked up to two officers sitting inside the patrol car and opened fire before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide. Both police officers were killed. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

BOSTON (AP) — Police Commissioner William Evans says Boston police are on alert after police officers were murdered in New York City and Florida.

WCVB-5 reports the department is assigning two officers to every patrol car. Evans said police took similar measures after a Missouri grand jury in November declined to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.

On Saturday, a gunman ambushed two New York City police officers sitting in their patrol car and then took his own life. Early Sunday, a police officer in Tarpon Springs, Florida, was shot and killed in a residential area. Evans called the police attacks a “tragedy” and said it was “sad” that there is a “lot of anger” and “rhetoric being thrown around” against officers.

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