Cincinnati’s mayor cried as a way of apology after his office mistakenly honored a cop killer Thursday night.
Mayor John Cranley apologized to police officers after a new employee approved a proclamation declaring June 1, 2017 “Tre Day” in honor of cop killer Trepierre Hummons, reports Time.
“This was a huge mistake,” Cranley said in a video, wiping his tears away. “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 described Hummons as a “life remembered through the Trepierre Foundation’s efforts to impact mental illness in kids and young adults.” Hummons died in 2015 in a “suicide by cop,” former Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said.
Hummons called police about an armed person in his neighborhood in June 2015. When Cincinnati police officers arrived, Hummons shot Officer Sonny Kim and then took his gun from him. Other officers on the scene shot Hummons after he fired at them. Both Hummons and Kim died at a hospital later.
Cranley claimed in last night’s video that Hummons’ father put the request in to name a day after his son and did not include his son’s last name when he did so. Holly Smith, the communications director for the mayor, approved the request without running it by the mayor, Cranley claimed.
“This was completely and utterly my fault and I apologize to anyone it has hurt. Truly I do,” Smith apologized.
Cranley also wrote a letter to the Fraternal Order of Police, thanking police officers for the work they do to protect the city.
“I cannot express how deeply sorry I am that this has happened. Cincinnati has the world’s greatest police officers and police department,” Cranley wrote. “I am truly grateful for the work you do and the sacrifices you make every day for this city and I hope we can continue to work together to make Cincinnati a better place for all of us.”
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