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Md. flags lowered in honor of Bishop Lee Robinson

Tuesday - 1/7/2014, 11:10am  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's governor has ordered flags at half staff in the state in honor of Bishop Lee Robinson Sr., Baltimore City's first African-American Police Commissioner.

Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered the flags lowered Tuesday, a day after Robinson died at age 86. The flags will stay lowered through sunset on Wednesday.

Robinson joined the city police department in 1952, when black officers were not allowed to patrol white neighborhoods or use patrol cars. He became commissioner in 1984 and served for three years. He also served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice and a teacher at the University of Baltimore.

An obituary published in The Baltimore Sun says funeral services and an interment will be private and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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