President Trump has declined to lower flags to honor five victims of the Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis, the Gazette reported.
Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley (D) requested that the flags be lowered to honor five Gazette employees who were gunned down Thursday, allegedly by Jarrod Ramos, who had threatened employees of the paper before. Four journalists and a sales associate were killed.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed, you know? … Is there a cutoff for tragedy?” Buckley told the Gazette. “This was an attack on the press. It was an attack on freedom of speech. It’s just as important as any other tragedy.”
The mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.
The flag is flown at half-staff on federal buildings by presidential proclamation as a sign of respect after the deaths of public officials or noteworthy figures and after some mass shootings. In 2016, for example, it was flown at half-staff 53 times, including after mass killings in Orlando and Brussels. More recently, it flew at half-staff after 10 people were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Tex.