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Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Fallen Detroit Police Officer Loren Courts


July 15, 2022


Gov. Whitmer Lowers Flags to Honor Fallen Detroit Police Officer Loren Courts

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the State of Michigan to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, July 18, 2022, to honor and remember Detroit Police Officer Loren Courts who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

“Michigan will lower flags Monday to mourn the loss Detroit Police Officer Loren Courts, a dedicated public servant, father, and son,” said Governor Whitmer. “Our hearts go out to Officer Courts’ family, friends, and fellow officers through this difficult time and the entire community that has been impacted by this devastating act of violence. We will continue backing up law enforcement not only with our words, but with our actions. Together we will protect public safety, reduce gun violence, and save lives.”

Officer Loren Courts was a second-generation officer and served on the Detroit Police Department for a tour of five years, serving and protecting the city of Detroit. He leaves behind a wife of 11 years, two children, and close immediate family.

Officer Loren Courts passed away on Wednesday, July 6 at 40 years old.

The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and service of fallen Officer Loren Courts by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments, and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. 

To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.   

Flags should be returned to full staff on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.