Cincinnati mayor mistakenly honors police officer’s killer
Mayor John Cranley listens as supporters of The Center for Closing the Health Gap, run by former mayor Dwight Tillery, tell Cincinnati City Council about the good work the non-profit does. Some of the speakers wanted Cranley to answer questions, but he said this was only a time for council to listen. Each speaker was allowed two minutes.
"I love our police department," he said, breaking down in tears. "I would never do anything to hurt them."
"I'm sorry," he said.
Cranley said he has called Kim's family to apologize.
Kim was gunned down in Madisonville in June 2015.
The mayor's office receives several proclamation requests from citizens each week. The requests are handled by Cranley's deputy chief of staff, Holly Stutz Smith. The mayor's signature stamp is on the proclamations, but Cranley said he did not see the "Tre Day" proclamation before it was released.
Smith took responsibility for the mistake, but Cranley said it's ultimately his fault.
"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," Cranley wrote in the letter to FOP President Dan Hils.
Cranley is a strong advocate for the police department and public safety has been among his top priorities since being elected in 2013. He was endorsed by the FOP in 2013 and was again ahead of this month's primary.
Cranley finished second behind City Councilwoman Yvette Simpson in the primary, and they'll face each other in the November general election.
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