Gov. John Kasich orders flags flown at half-staff in honor of Baton Rouge victims

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Gov. John Kasich has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff on all public buildings and grounds in Ohio July 22 to honor the Baton Rouge attack victims. 

The text of his order reads:

“In accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state of Ohio effective immediately until sunset, July 22, 2016.”

Three officers were killed Sunday after being ambushed and shot by a lone gunman in Baton Rouge.  Authorities say Gavin Long carried out the attack. Long, a black man from Kansas City, Missouri, was a Marine who was discharged as a sergeant in 2010.

Their deaths have kept the spotlight on a region where the shooting death of Alton Sterling at the hands of police began what has been two weeks of national turmoil.

Continuing coverage here. 

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