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South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flags To Half-Staff To Honor Nelson Mandela

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A sheriff in South Carolina has refused to lower a flag to half-staff in honor of Nelson Mandela.

A dedication below the flag honors officers who have died in the line of duty in Pickens County, South Carolina.

Sheriff Rick Clark refuses to lower this flag to half-staff, despite an Executive Order, after President Barack Obama called for all flags at public buildings to be lowered and stay lowered through sunset, Monday evening.

Sheriff Clark says he doesn't that honor should be given to someone who wasn't an American. "As a show, a sign of respect for what Nelson Mandela's done, I have no problem lowering it in South Africa, in their country...but not for our country. It should be the people, in my opinion, who have sacrificed for our country," he says.

Sheriff Clark received a lot of criticism after first announcing that he wouldn't lower that flag to half-staff, but he says most of the feedback he's received has been supportive.

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