Mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop-killer

Mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop-killer
May 19 15:15 2017 Print This Article

The mayor of Cincinnati gave an emotional apology to police officers after erroneously approving a proclamation honoring a suspected cop-killer, saying the move was a “huge” mistake.

“At the end of the day, the buck stops with me and there is no excuse,” Mayor John Cranley told the city’s Fraternal Order of Police union late Thursday. “I am sorry, and it won’t happen again.”

A new employee at Cranley’s office who didn’t work for the mayor when Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim was killed in 2015 drafted a proclamation in honor of Trepierre Hummons following a request by Hummons’ father, WCPO reports.

Cranley’s communications director didn’t catch that June 1, 2017, would now become “Tre Day” in Cincinnati, a day to honor Hummons, who police say killed Kim in June 2015 before being fatally shot by another cop.

“Sonny Kim is a hero and as long as I am Mayor, Cincinnati will not honor in any way the man who murdered him in cold blood,” Cranley wrote FOP President Dan Hils. “I have personally called Sonny Kim’s wife, Jessica, to apologize for this error.”

Cranley said the proclamation was issued without his final review and included his stamped signature.

“I know that it is of little solace now, but I want to ensure that this type of mistake will never happen in my office again,” Cranley’s letter continued. “Any proclamation that is requested from a member of the general public will be researched thoroughly.”

Cranley’s office also sent a letter to Hummons’ father, Ronald Hummons, officially retracting the proclamation, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The release of the proclamation came just one day before fallen officers are set to be honored in Cincinnati on Friday. It first appeared on the police union’s Facebook page late Thursday when an officer posted an image of the document.

“Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this?” one officer wrote.

Another cop posted: “If this real, something must be done … I’m having trouble finding words.”

Kim was killed on June 19, 2015, after police say Hummons lured him to a street in Madisonville with 911 calls. Kim, a 48-year-old father of three, was working overtime during a crime spree when Hummons, 21, shot him.

Hummons, who wrestled away Kim’s semi-automatic handgun, was then killed by another Cincinnati cop as he began shooting at a Hamilton County probation officer, the Enquirer reported.

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