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Cincinnati Mayor Mistakenly Honors Cop Killer

By in Huffington Post on May 19, 2017

By David Lohr

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley made an emotional apology after his office “mistakenly” issued a proclamation honoring a man who killed a city police officer.

“This was a huge mistake,” Cranley said at a Thursday evening press conference, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s not done intentionally. It’s human error, but the buck stops with me. I love our police department. I would never do anything to hurt them.”

The proclamation reportedly deemed June 1, 2017 “Tre Day” to commemorate Trepierre Hummons, a 21-year-old man who fatally shot Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim in June 2015.

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According to Cincinnati’s WLWT News, officers were dispatched to Madisonville on June 19, 2015, to investigate a report of a man carrying a gun and acting “belligerent.” When Kim arrived on the scene, Hummons ambushed him and shot the 48-year-old father of four three times. A second responding officer shot Hummons.

Both Hummons and Kim died of their injuries at a local hospital. At the time of the shooting, authorities called it a case of suicide-by-cop, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Cranley was alerted to the mistake after Hummons’ father shared a copy of the proclamation on Facebook. The mayor said the man had submitted the request without mentioning his son’s full name. He made the request intending to honor his commitment to helping those with mental illness, which he says led to his son’s actions. After his son’s death, the father founded the Trepierre Foundation with the goal of battling the stigma of […]    

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