TIFTON, Ga. A south Georgia mayor is being criticized for flying a Mexican flag over city hall.
Mayor Paul Johnson says he's flying the red, white and green flag in memory of six local immigrants who were killed with guns and baseball bats during a crime rampage.
Authorities blame the deaths on a gang that preyed on immigrants. Three people have been charged with first-degree murder.
Seven people in Tifton, Georgia have publicly complained that the gesture is inappropriate, but the mayor insists it is the right thing to do.
Johnson said he considers immigrants to be a part of the community. He says the flag will fly for six days, one for each man killed.
...But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay...All my familiars watched for my halting...But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one...
Jeremiah 20 9-11