Mayor apologizes for proclamation controversy on Fountain Square

Mayor apologizes for proclamation controversy on Fountain Square (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologizes again in the most public place in town, Fountain Square, for a proclamation that honored a cop killer.

He says there was no intent to honor somebody who gunned down a police officer.

But how did the proclamation come to be?

On Thursday night, the mayor issued a tearful apology to the Fraternal Order of Police:

“This was a huge mistake. It was not done intentionally, but the buck stops with me,” said Mayor Cranley.

On Thursday, at the Police Memorial Ceremony, Cranley offered another apology at Fountain Square.

“It was a huge mistake and I’m deeply sorry,” said Mayor Cranley.

Mayor John Cranley's mea culpa for a proclamation declaring June 1st as “Tre Day” in Cincinnati.

“Tre” as in Trepierre Hummons, the man who shot and killed Officer Sonny Kim two years ago before being shot and killed by another officer.

How could such a proclamation be issued? Here's how:

The mayor's office gets dozens, perhaps hundreds of requests for proclamations every year. They're handled by staff. The mayor never sees them. His name is put on with a stamp, and that's what happened here.

The request came in. It didn't say Trepierre Hummons and didn't say Sonny Kim. It just said “Trepierre” and “Tre Day” and talked of trying to raise awareness of mental illness, which is a perfectly innocently sounding request, so it was passed on through.

The request for “Tre Day,” not “Trepierre Hummons Day” came from Trepierre's father.

Ronald Hummons says his son was mentally ill amd that he set up a foundation to work on mental illness and says he simply wanted to publicize the foundation in conjunction with his son's birthday.

“We're doing a lot of great work with the Trepierre Foundation. Something that's going to have an impact on mental health,” said Ronald.

And really it was as simple as that.

Ronald Hummons said that he is absolutely not defending what his son did, nor did he want to anger the police.

At first, Ronald Hummons says he was taken aback by the city hall response, but now he says it might help.

“Out of controversy comes dialogue. If that's what it takes to start the conversation about mental illness, I’m okay with it,” said Hummons.

Fighting mental illness, Ronald Hummons says, will make things safer and there will be fewer fallen police officers to memorialize on Police Memorial Day.

Most proclamations are written by the person or group requesting them.

In the future, Mayor Cranley says the requests will be more thoroughly researched and proclamations won't be issued without approval of his Chief of Staff.

The two people who reviewed the “Tre Day” application were not city employees when Sonny Kim was killed.

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