SALEM, Ore. — Governor Kate Brown on Thursday ordered that all flags at Oregon public institutions be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday in honor of the victims of the shootings in the Atlanta metropolitan area this week.
"The violent attack in Georgia and the rise in racist hate crimes against Asian communities — including in Oregon — are absolutely unacceptable and must stop,” said Governor Brown. “Dan and I send our condolences to the families and friends of the eight individuals who were killed. To the Asian community in Oregon: I feel your pain and I stand with you. I remain committed to doing the hard work to build a more equitable and just Oregon.”
Authorities arrested 21-year-old Robert Long on Wednesday afternoon after shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area. Long is suspected of killing eight people and wounding a ninth. Many of the victims were Asian women.
Brown's declaration follows a similar one from the White House earlier in the day — ordering flags be flown at half-staff at federal institutions across the country.
"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 16, 2021, in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, March 22, 2021," President Joe Biden said in a proclamation.