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Getting flags at city hall flown at half-staff for slain SPD officer ‘proving to be a battle’

The flag outside the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct pictured here at half staff in honor of the off-duty officer who was killed on I-5. (KTTH, Jason Rantz)

Seattle police officer Alexandra Harris was struck and killed on I-5 early Sunday while off-duty, after stopping to assist in an accident. But despite her death being declared by SPD as “in the line of duty,” flags at city hall have yet to be lowered to half-staff, according to SPOG President Mike Solan.

“I’m trying to get flags lowered to half staff, and that is proving to be a battle,” he told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show. “I’m not sure why.”

According to Solan, officials at city hall told him that “they’re still working on it,” although given that it’s now been three days since Harris’ death, he believes that lowering the city’s flags is already long overdue.

“In my view, it doesn’t take long to throw an email out there, and people go out to the flag pole and just lower it half-staff,” he noted.

In the meantime, he’s urging people around the region to lower their own flags in honor of Harris.

You can listen to the full interview with Dori below.

Listen to the Dori Monson Show weekday afternoons from noon – 3 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

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