S.C. Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag To Half-Staff For Mandela
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says he won't lower the flag to half-staff because he believes it's an honor reserved for Americans.By Collin Ruane | December 7, 2013
Less than 48 hours after Nelson Mandela's death, a South Carolina sheriff is drawing national attention for refusing to lower his office's American flag to half-staff.
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says even though President Obama has ordered all flags flown at half-staff in honor of the former South African leader until Monday, his department isn't participating. (Via WIS-TV)
Why? In the statement he posted on Facebook, Clark said Mandela was not an American. He adds the appropriate place for the flag to be lowered is at our embassy in South Africa.