Even after the order of US President Barack Obama and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Alabama county officials declined to lower its flags to honor Orlando shooting victims last week.
In CNN interview, Baldwin county Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said he is “certainly heartbroken in the face of the tragedy” but citing the law the incident doesn’t fall in any of the criteria or standards required by the US flag code.
The Commissioner cited instances that the law requires lowering the flag such as “passing of individuals who have significant distinguished service to the country, Memorial Day and commemorate deaths in government officials.”
In his Facebook account, Dorsey said the county also refused to lower flags in times of Paris Attack in November and San Bernadino, California shooting in December by a married couple who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
Obama order the lowering of all flags last Sunday after the mass shooting in Pulse Gay club at Orlando, Florida that left 49 dead and 53 injured.
Dorsey told the New York Daily News, that the President and governor can make orders, but he believed that upon interpretation, the order was inconsistent with the flag code.
The Orlando tragedy was considered as the worst shooting in the American history.