Obama Sets Record Ordering Flags at Half-staff in Honor of Slain Dallas Police Officers

President Obama signed a proclamation Friday lowering flags to half-staff at the White House and throughout the government in memory of the police officers killed in Dallas.

Flags will remain lowered until sunset Tuesday, The sniper-style attack that killed five police officers and injured seven others made Thursday the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

It;’s the 67th time Obama has ordered flags at half-staff, an act he has performed more than any other president, according to a USA TODAY analysis after the terror attack in Orlando last month.

By the time flags are raised again on Sunday, the Obama White House will have been under a lowered flag for 162 days of his presidency.

Under Obama, mass shooting victims are frequently memorialized with lowered flags, including five incidents in the last year: Chattanooga, Tenn., Roseburg., Ore., San Bernardino, Calif., Orlando and Dallas. Two international terror incidents in Paris and Brussels have also been commemorated.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Gregory Korte

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