CINCINNATI – A proclamation for a cop killer has been rescinded in Cincinnati. But how was it approved in the first place? Someone didn’t do their job.
Outraged Cincinnati police received an apology from the mayor of the Ohio city after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation naming a day in honor of a cop killer.
Mayor John Cranley issued the apology Thursday, saying that the proclamation never should have been approved, Fox19 Cincinnati reported.
“I am sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed—murdered—Sonny Kim,” said Cranley, according to the station.
He said the proclamation was retracted.
Prosecutors say Trepierre Hummons ambushed Officer Kim, a 48-year-old father of three, on a Cincinnati street on June 19, 2015. After being shot, Kim wrestled away Hummons’ gun. Another officer who responded to the scene shot and killed Hummons, who was 21.
Cincinnati happened to be honoring Kim and other fallen officers Friday, the New York Post reported.
The proclamation declared June 1 “Tre Day” in Cincinnati. It said in part that the sacrifice of Hummons “will save lives of children for generations to come,” the station reported.
Cincinnati officer voices opposition
As a result, on Thursday a police officer posted a photo of the proclamation on the Facebook page of Cincinnati’s police union, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
“Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this,” the officer said.
“If this is real, something must be done . . . I’m having trouble finding the words,” another officer responded.
Ronald Hummons sought the proclamation honoring his son to raise awareness of child abuse and mental illness, according to the report.
Cranley said his communications director approved the request without notifying him, according to the station.
Following Cranley’s (unwitting) approval, the staffer mailed Hummons the proclamation, which was stamped with the mayor’s signature.
The head of the police union said he didn’t fault Cranley for the screw-up, Fox19 reported.
But actions have consequences. The murder of Officer Kim was national news. What did the communications director know? Was this an anti-police political move on the part of this person, or sheer ignorance? Either way, it certainly proves an inability to perform duties of the office very well.
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