Cincinnati, OH - Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley's office apparently didn't have any vetting process in place for declaring that the city needed an entire day to honor somebody, as the mayor's office issued a proclamation honoring a cop-killer.
A new staff member in Mayor John Cranley's office, who didn't know about Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim's murder, pushed through the proclamation honoring the hero's killer this week.
The mistake was especially controversial, since this is National Police Week, according to WLWT.
The proclamation declared there would be a day to honor TrePierre Hummons, and it was called "TreDay."
TrePierre Hummons murdered Officer Kim on June 19, 2015. Hummons was then killed in the gunfight with the backup officer, Tom Sandmann.
At the time, Hummons was upset because his girlfriend filed rape charges against him. Knowing that the police would be coming to arrest him, he set out with the apparent goal to lure in and murder as many officers as possible.
"I believe his goal was to lure and kill as many police officers as he could," Prosecutor Joe Deters said at the time. "It was an attempt at mass murder. He was going to kill as many cops as he could."
In a Facebook post on the page of Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police president's page, it said that the proclamation was made by a "just hired" staffer and not directly signed by the mayor.
In a letter sent by Mayor Cranley to FOP president, Sergeant Hils, he said that Hummons' father had sent in a recent request for the proclamation in honor of his son's birthday. The request mentions child abuse and trying to fight mental illness, butt never TrePierre Hummons' full name.
The father's request made its way through two of the mayor's staff members who didn't work for the city when Officer Kim was murdered. They were not familiar with Hummons' name.
Mayor Cranley went to the FOP Hall on Thursday night. In an emotional apology, he said "This was a huge mistake. It was not done intentionally, it was human error, but the buck stops with me. I got into public life to make the city better and to support law enforcement and to support the people that keep our streets safe."
He also said that he loved the police department and would never do anything to hurt them.
In a letter to the FOP president, the mayor said, "Please know that I had no idea that this request had been made and would never give permission to issue a proclamation honoring the murderer of Officer Sonny Kim, a true public servant who sacrificed his life while protecting the safety of the citizens of Cincinnati."
Holly Stutz Smith, the mayor's director of communication, also apologized, and said that she approved the proclamation. She said that it wasn't anything specific about this person's background, and that she wasn't aware.
The proclamation was then stamped with the mayor's signature. He has now changed that process, and 'no proclamation will be issued out of his office without his or his chief of staff's explicit approval'.
Mayor Cranley said that he also called Officer Kim's wife and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Issac, and apologized.
Thankfully the mayor is now taking steps to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again, but it's still dumbfounding how multiple people could be involved in this mistake and nobody bothered to take a hard look at who they were honoring.
Do you think that the Mayor has made amends, or is this a mistake that he won't be able to fix? We'd like to hear what you think. Please let us know in the comments.