Flags have been lowered to half staff this week across Baldwin County to honor the five law enforcement officers who were killed in Dallas, Texas on July 7.
The county did not lower its flags after a recent mass shooting at a gay friendly nightclub in Orlando, Fla. or terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.
Baldwin County Commission Chairman Tucker Dorsey’s decision not to order flags lowered to half staff in the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. drew harsh criticism in national media. At the time Dorsey cited the United States flag code as his reason for not lowering flags on county buildings after Orlando, as well as after terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.
The flag code stipulates that flags should only be lowered on Memorial Day and in the event of the death of a government official. After the deaths of Dallas law enforcement officers last week, President Barack Obama issued orders that United States flags at both federal and state buildings be lowered.
Dorsey has been out of the country attending the Farnborough International Airshow but released a statement about the flags to the media.
“The people of Baldwin County, Alabama appreciate and honor those who preserve and protect our freedoms everyday,” Dorsey’s statement read. “Locally, nationally and across the globe, our hearts and prayers are with the law enforcement family and the Dallas community.”
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