FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stacy Brewster, Commissioner Saltzman’s Office
Phone: (503) 823-4151
PORTLAND CITY FLAG TO BE LOWERED IN HONOR OF 2-YEAR-OLD REGINALD HARRIS, JR.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the flag of the City of Portland will be lowered in honor of 2 year-old Reginald Harris, Jr. who died of a lethal dose of methadone October 10. The City flag will be lowered at City Hall, the Portland Building, Portland Fire Stations, the World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square, and Providence Park.
“This kind of death is rare, but a family member has been charged with multiple crimes in connection with young Reginald’s death, and we felt that this tragedy met the criteria we set out for flag lowering,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman. City Council approved a resolution in April 2009 to lower the City’s flag in honor of children who die from abuse, neglect, or other violence. This marks the fourteenth time that the flag has been lowered.
“As with any case of this kind involving young children, we take this opportunity to remind people that if there is abuse, neglect, or other dangerous circumstances, get the child out of the situation immediately. Don’t wait for things to calm down or to get better.”
If you suspect abuse, call the Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 509-5439. If you witness abuse, call 911.