CNN has reported that Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a Cincinnati police officer.
“I am really sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed, murdered Sonny Kim,” Cranley said Thursday night.
Cranley choked back tears as he spoke at a local police union hall. His face was red as he paused several times during his brief, tear-filled statement.
“He was a hero,” Cranley said about Kim, a father of three, who was fatally shot in June 2015.
Kim had responded to a 911 call after Trepierre Hummons, 21, contacted emergency operators twice that day, pretending to be a concerned witness who had seen a man acting erratically with a gun. When Kim arrived on scene, he was shot multiple times by Hummons, according to police. Hummons opened fired at two more officers before he was shot and killed.
Last week, the mayor’s office received a request for a proclamation from Ronald Hummons for his son’s birthday. The request didn’t contain his son’s full name and the staff member reviewing the request wasn’t aware that the man being honored had killed Kim, according to the mayor’s letter of apology to the Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police.
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