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Flags lowered to half-staff after Dallas shooting

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The president has asked United States and Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of the shooting in Dallas. 

Five officers were killed and seven others were hurt in a sniper shooting that erupted at a protest in Dallas on Thursday night. Two civilians were also hurt.

The flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, Gov. Dannel Malloy said. The governor said no flags should fly higher than the American flag and added "all state, local, municipal, corporate, and other flags should also be lowered during this same duration of time." 

Malloy called the shootings leading up to it in Baton Rouge, LA and St. Paul, MN a shock to the soul.

"This isn't who we are as a nation or who we want to be. Things must change," Malloy said in a statement. "As the President said, all Americans should be troubled by these incidents. We've seen this too many times, in too many places. It's just heartbreaking."

Malloy said the right to protest should be celebrated.

"What we saw in Dallas, however, was un-American, because it was police officers who sought to keep protesters safe and uphold the right to freedom of expression," he said. "The events in Dallas twisted a proud tradition of protest and turned it into tragedy. What happened is as saddening as it is unacceptable, and it must be condemned."

Malloy said Connecticut is proud of its law enforcement.

"Our officers and troopers are standing up to protect our residents every hour, of every day," he said. "And every day, either at the state or local levels, we are making strides. We are working to build trust in our communities, and we are looking at these heartbreaking incidents around the country and trying to learn from them. We're doing that so that we can improve ourselves, and so we can prevent these incidents from happening here at home. Our officers and troopers should know just how much we value them, their sacrifice, and their hard work."

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