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Posted: 03 Apr 2021 1:47 PM

President Joseph Biden has ordered the flags to be lowered, until Tuesday evening, to honor a U.S. Capitol police officer who was killed in the line of duty yesterday afternoon.

The presidential proclamation was released on Friday evening.

As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of the victims of the United States Capitol bombing on Friday, April 2, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at Half-Staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and stations navies, and on all federal government warships in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset on April 6, 2021, the proclamation reads in part.

Flags must also be lowered at all U.S. embassies, legations, consular offices, and other U.S. facilities abroad, including all military installations and naval ships and stations.

After that, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont also ordered the flags of the United States and the Connecticut states to fly to half the staff, during the same period.

Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the American flag, all other flags, including those of states, municipalities, businesses, or others, should also be lowered for that same amount of time.

According to the Associated Press, U.S. Capitol Police William F. Evans died of injuries sustained after a man crashed into a car in Evans and another U.S. Capitol policeman on a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol. , then came out brandishing a knife. It was the second death in the line of service this year for a ministry still struggling to heal from the Jan.6 insurgency.

Evans was an 18-year-old veteran who was a member of the department’s first responder unit.

The video shows the driver of the crashed car emerging with a knife in his hand and starting to run at the two officers, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told reporters. Authorities shot the suspect, who died in a hospital.

An American flag outside Newtown Middle School is shown lowered in March, after mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado. President Biden ordered the flags to be lowered until sunset on April 6, in honor of U.S. Capitol Police Officer William Evans, who died defending the Capitol on April 2. Bee photo, Hicks

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