South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower flag for Mandela
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (REUTERS) - The US flag flew high outside a sheriff's office in South Carolina on Monday in defiance of an order from President Barack Obama to lower all flags in memory of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark said he believed the lowering of the flag to half-staff was a tribute that should be reserved for US citizens.
"To show a sign of respect for what Nelson Mandela's done, I have no problem with lowering it in South Africa, in their country," Mr Clark told a local television station.
"But in our country, it should be the people, in my opinion, who have sacrificed for our country." On Friday, the sheriff's flag flew at half-staff in honour of a South Carolina law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty and it remained lowered through Pearl Harbor Day on Saturday.