Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
PICKENS, S.C. (AP) -- Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark says he won't lower the flag outside the sheriff's office to half-staff to honor Nelson Mandela because the South African civil rights leader was not a United States citizen.
Clark made the announcement Friday on his Facebook page, writing "Nelson Mandela did great things for his country and was a brave man but he was not an AMERICAN!!!"
Clark confirmed his decision in several interviews Friday. He says the sheriff's office American flag was at half-staff Friday to honor a Florence County deputy killed in a wreck and Saturday for Pearl Harbor Day, but will fly at full staff on Sunday and Monday. He says he would have done the same if he was in office when Pope John Paul II died.
(The Associated Press. 2013)