The flag flying below the Stars and Stripes on the Spokane County Courthouse is the official Prisoner of War/Missing In Action flag.
It has a black field with a white circle in the middle, which has a profile of a head in silhouette. The county flies it to honor missing military personnel from here and around the country.
Some county staff members noted recently that people have called recently to ask why the county was flying a pirate flag. So if you thought that was the Jolly Roger flying from the courthouse tower, you can be forgiven if you just rented Pirates of the Caribbean on DVD or had your property taxes jacked up.
But you probably still should get your eyes checked.