Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized to the Fraternal Order of Police Thursday night after his office issued a proclamation honoring the man who ambushed and killed Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim.
“This was a huge mistake,” Cranley said, pausing to wipe tears from his eyes. “At the end of the day, the buck stops with me and there is no excuse. I am sorry, and it won’t happen again.”
WCPO reports that according to a retraction issued by the city, a new employee at Cranley’s office was the one who stamped the proclamation that June 1, 2017, would become “Tre Day” in honor of Trepierre Hummons. The proclamation depicted Hummons as a person whose life “will be a life remembered through the Trepierre Foundation’s efforts to impact mental illness in kids and young adults.”
That’s not how Cincinnati police officers remember him.
Hummons, 21, died June 19, 2015 after calling police to report a suspicious, armed individual in his neighborhood. When Officer Kim arrived at the scene, police said Hummons shot him and wrestled his service weapon away; he then fired at other responding officers before being shot himself. Former Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell referred to the incident as a “suicide by cop.”
Both Hummons and Officer Kim died of their wounds at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.