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Flags Ordered to Half-Staff for Victims of US Capitol Attack

April 2, 2021, 6:52 PM HST
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At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag to be flown at half-staff after US Capitol police officer William Evans was killed Friday, April 2.

The officer died after a man rammed a car between two officers at a barricade outside the Capitol and then emerged wielding a knife. This tragedy occurred only three months after a violent insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that resulted in the deaths of Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood.

“Let’s take a moment to pause and grieve for the US Capitol officer who was killed in the attack in the nation’s Capitol, and pray for those who were injured by this senseless act,” Ige said.

Flags will remain at half-staff until April 6.

Sen. Mazie Hirono joined the congressional community in mourning the death of Evans.

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“Our Capitol remains a target and we must demonstrate an urgency to protect it,” Hirono said.” I support Speaker Pelosi’s ongoing efforts to implement General Honoré’s recommendations to keep everyone working in the Capitol safe and secure – including the approximately 80 members of the Hawaii National Guard on duty there.”

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