Mayor tearfully apologizes about accidental proclamation for killer of Officer Sonny Kim
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says his office made a big mistake and his apology on Thursday night brought him to tears.
It's all because of a piece of paper.
The proclamation from the City of Cincinnati stated that June 1, 2017 would be proclaimed "Tre Day" in honor of Trepierre Hummons, a man who shot and killed Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim in 2015.
Hummons' father asked for the proclamation to recognize the work of the foundation that bears his son's name and helps people with mental illness.
Hummons' post on Facebook set off a firestorm from Cincinnati's police officers.
CPD Sergeant Daniel Hils sought out answers for why the proclamation was approved and posted the following information on a Facebook group called "Support the Blue in Cincy:"
Hey everyone here is the deal. A just hired staffer in the Mayor's office was doing proclamations. There obviously was not the proper review of these proclamations. She approved the proclamation for "Trey Day" and stamped it. It was not the Mayors signature. I have spoke with the Mayor. They are retracting the proclamation and the Mayor has spoken to Mrs. Kim and apologized to her. He has spoken to the Chief and apologized to him. He is on his way to the FOP Hall to apologize in person to me as representing the rank and file.
Mayor Cranley visited the Fraternal Order of Police on Thursday night to apologize.
"This was a huge mistake. It was done intentionally. It was human error, but the buck stops with me," said Mayor Cranley. "And I got into public life to make the city better and to support law enforcement and to support the people that make our city better and our streets safe. I love our police department. I walk with them, I ride with them, and I would never do anything to hurt. I'm sorry."
Cranley says he personally apologized to Sonny Kim's widow, the police chief and the other officer on scene when Kim was killed.
So, the question ism how did this happen in the first place?
A proclamation request goes through a series of reviews and approvals before it gets the mayor's signature.
Cranley's communications director says she's the one who approved it.
She said it had nothing to do with Hummons, but rather raising awareness of mental illness and child abuse.
The mayor's office says the signature is actually a stamp. Mayor Cranley did not physically sign the proclamation.
The proclamation has since been retracted.
The timing is difficult for Cranley. The mayor is set to speak at the annual Cincinnati Police Memorial Ceremony on Friday morning.