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Letter to the Kim family

Dear Mrs. Kim,sonny-kim

I know my words will never be a solution of healing for you and your family but I am and will always be sorry for the actions of my son that took your husband’s life. I carry so much weight of guilt surrounding a preventable tragedy and I am so consumed with thoughts of what more could I have done. I didn’t know your husband personally but I’ve heard the stories of people’s lives he impacted and I hope that a piece of his light lives on in everyone he touched. Officer Sonny Kim was a hero to so many and his legacy will be the energy of love to affect the world. I pray his life touches more people in death than it did in life. My heart is so heavy and  will be forever punished with regret. I want you to know personally from me that I honor your husband and in no way through honoring my son have I tried to dishonor Sonny. Your went to work that morning of June 19th with the intent to do his job with the integrity I hear so many people speak of and he will and always be a hero to me as well.

I understand your anger towards my son and it’s well warranted, but I just want you to know from one parent to another that my son was not a monster as he has been made out to be. Trepierre suffered from an illness that wasn’t by any means his fault. His choices he made were terrible and there is no justifying it. My son suffered from a mental illness called PTSD and depression and it was caused from his exposure to chronic domestic violence and severe child abuse. I’ve chosen to take my energies and place it into a space that will hopefully prevent another scenario that happened to our loves ones. I think my biggest regret in all this is knowing it could have been prevented. I can’t do anything to bring either of them back but I can do prevented measures to impact the circumstances that led to the breakdown that allowed a child to grow up in the most dysfunctional environment that led to the choice that took your husband’s life.

Sincerely Yours,

Apologetic Father,

Trepierre’s cries to Child Protective Services that went ignored

Once again I’m in no way down playing or trying to justify the tragedy on June 19th, 2015, I’m just trying to give a full perspective from the experience of an 11 year old kid. When Tre was 11 I went to school to throw a pizza party for him and his class. When I got there he came and told me it hurts when he sits down. When I asked him what was wrong he informed me his mom and her boyfriend beat him really bad. I took him to his principals office where we checked him and found bruises from his back down his leg. We called CPS immediately and when they came out they took pics and took his statement which was exactly what he told me. After she finished I asked was he coming home with me and the caseworker said no. She decided to place him in her mom’s home where his mom would still have access to him. My son cried while grabbing my arm saying to the lady please let me go with my daddy. She told me if you want your son go file custody. The very next I got a lawyer and we filed for emergency custody. On the first day of the hearing the judge said first we had to establish paternity. My lawyer explained paternity was established at birth according to Ohio’s law. In the state of Ohio the birth certificate signed at birth is establishment of paternity and the judge dismissed her argument and gave us a date to appear at the dna office. I showed up and was swabbed, the mother never showed. We went back to court and the judge said he would give her another chance. We all know if the man doesn’t appear to a court ordered paternity hearing they’re going to jail. The second time she still didn’t appear and he punished me and dismissed my case for custody and visitation. Now, you’re going to force this child crying for help to grow up in a toxic inviroment filled with drug abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse and, expect for him to grow up normal. After my custody petition was denied my mom also filed and it was dismissed even after 22 CPS cases were called on mother for child abuse and the system designed to protect our kids did nothing. My fight now is to shed muc light on this until it gets the attention it needs to cause reform. I’ll be speaking at the Congressional Black Congress conference in Sept about the Tre’p Law bill I’m trying to push into law and telling son’s case. I’m so sorry for officer Kim’s death but my only argument is it could have prevented and if we don’t start focusing on solutions there will more officer Kim’s a white or black one and more Trepierre’s but he could be a white from Indian Hill. Mental illness is a crisis and that’s what they need be talking about in city hall instead of keep demonizing my son. I understand people are angry I am to. MY SON TAKEN FROM WHEN WAS A AND ONE TALKING ABOUT THAT. I’ve Attached pics and docs back-up the details I’ve spoken about.

Proclamation “Tre Day”

Everyone is asking why did I apply for a proclamation for my son Trepierre. To be clear, my intentions were never to dishonor Officer Kim, but Trepierre is my son and I will honor him regardless of the hurtful choice he made on June 19th, 2015. Tre’s story is bigger than what happened in June and as his father I feel entitled to tell it. I had two goals for applying for the proclamation and they both involved the selfless acts we’re doing to bring awareness and impact of mental illness as a crisis and enlighten the impact of child abuse and trauma on mental illness. See we can continue talking about what happened on June19th and demonizing my son but as long as we ignore what led to the tragedy then they’ll be another Officer Kim and Trepierre but they’ll wear different faces. I didn’t mean to offend anyone by trying to honor my son and the work we’re doing, I’m just trying to, “Add value to his life, And purpose to his death.

TRE’P LAW

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TRE’P LAW
An Act prohibiting parents or
guardians being investigated
under Child Protective Services
for abuse access to the child/ victim.

WHEREAS, access to the children by parents/ guardians under investigation for child abuse has proven to be a danger to the child and the integrity of the investigation.
WHEREAS, according to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), 50 States reported a total of 1,546 fatalities. Based on these data, a nationally estimated 1,580 children died from abuse and neglect in due to negligence by CPS.

WHEREAS, Research indicates that very young children (ages 4 and younger) are the most frequent victims of child fatalities. NCANDS data for 2014 demonstrated that children younger than 1 year accounted for 44.2 percent of fatalities; children younger than 3 years accounted for 70.7 percent of fatalities. These children are the most vulnerable for many reasons, including their dependency,
small size, and inability to defend themselves.

WHEREAS, dozens of children have been killed in Ohio alone due to easy access to the abused child. Parents/ guardians under investigation for abuse with access to children have been proven to manipulate children into recanting their claims of abuse and as a result have been placed back into living conditions that result in the child’s death, growing up in environments conducive to the development of mental illness, and or prison.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO LEGISLATION:

Section 1. The parent or guardian shall have no/ limited access with caseworker on site. Discussions of the investigation shall be prohibited.

Section 1. Guardian where child is placed during investigation will face consequences if parent/ guardian are allowed access to the child without caseworker present.

Section 1. This act shall take place June 1st, 2017
Senate:
Sherrod Brown, State of Ohio
Rob Portman, State of Ohio
An Act prohibiting parents or
guardians being investigated
under Child Protective Services
for abuse access to the child/ victim.

WHEREAS, access to the children by parents/ guardians under investigation for child abuse has proven to be a danger to the child and the integrity of the investigation.
WHEREAS, according to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), 50 States reported a total of 1,546 fatalities. Based on these data, a nationally estimated 1,580 children died from abuse and neglect in due to negligence by CPS.

WHEREAS, Research indicates that very young children (ages 4 and younger) are the most frequent victims of child fatalities. NCANDS data for 2014 demonstrated that children younger than 1 year accounted for 44.2 percent of fatalities; children younger than 3 years accounted for 70.7 percent of fatalities. These children are the most vulnerable for many reasons, including their dependency,
small size, and inability to defend themselves.

WHEREAS, dozens of children have been killed in Ohio alone due to easy access to the abused child. Parents/ guardians under investigation for abuse with access to children have been proven to manipulate children into recanting their claims of abuse and as a result have been placed back into living conditions that result in the child’s death, growing up in environments conducive to the development of mental illness, and or prison.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO LEGISLATION:

Section 1. The parent or guardian shall have no/ limited access with caseworker on site. Discussions of the investigation shall be prohibited.

Section 1. Guardian where child is placed during investigation will face consequences if parent/ guardian are allowed access to the child without caseworker present.

Section 1. This act shall take place June 1st, 2017
Senate:
Sherrod Brown, State of Ohio
Rob Portman, State of Ohio
An Act prohibiting parents or
guardians being investigated
under Child Protective Services
for abuse access to the child/ victim.

WHEREAS, access to the children by parents/ guardians under investigation for child abuse has proven to be a danger to the child and the integrity of the investigation.
WHEREAS, according to data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), 50 States reported a total of 1,546 fatalities. Based on these data, a nationally estimated 1,580 children died from abuse and neglect in due to negligence by CPS.

WHEREAS, Research indicates that very young children (ages 4 and younger) are the most frequent victims of child fatalities. NCANDS data for 2014 demonstrated that children younger than 1 year accounted for 44.2 percent of fatalities; children younger than 3 years accounted for 70.7 percent of fatalities. These children are the most vulnerable for many reasons, including their dependency,
small size, and inability to defend themselves.

WHEREAS, dozens of children have been killed in Ohio alone due to easy access to the abused child. Parents/ guardians under investigation for abuse with access to children have been proven to manipulate children into recanting their claims of abuse and as a result have been placed back into living conditions that result in the child’s death, growing up in environments conducive to the development of mental illness, and or prison.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO LEGISLATION:

Section 1. The parent or guardian shall have no/ limited access with caseworker on site. Discussions of the investigation shall be prohibited.

Section 1. Guardian where child is placed during investigation will face consequences if parent/ guardian are allowed access to the child without caseworker present.

Section 1. This act shall take place June 1st, 2017
Senate:
Sherrod Brown, State of Ohio
Rob Portman, State of Ohio

 

Reference:

3 month old baby suffered multiple stab wounds to the face and a fractured right arm. Her cause of death has yet to be determine, but the word “decapitation” will be used in the coroner’s report.

Deasia Watkins, who is said to be suffering from a condition called Postpartum Psychosis, a very rare but severe mental illness, was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

She appeared calm when she faced the judge Friday. She looked at her lawyer, Michael Trapp, and the judge, before exiting the courtroom without speaking.

Trapp, who met privately with the judge before the hearing, declined to talk to FOX19 NOW.

Less than two months ago, Watkins was diagnosed with postpartum psychosis and prescribed the medication Risperdal, county court records show. Caseworkers at Hamilton County Job and Family Services said they believe Watkins may not have been taking her medication. That could have led to delusional thinking and hallucinations.

Deters has said he does not anticipate seeking a death penalty specification due to Watkins’ apparent mental illness. The case goes to a grand jury for possible indictment March 26.

According to Postpartum Support International, unlike postpartum depression which occurs in 1 in 8 new mothers, postpartum psychosis is much more rare and seen only 1 in 1,000 new mothers.

Jobs and Family Services took custody of Jayniah earlier this month following a court motion that stated the child could be in immediate danger in its surroundings.

Watkins was not to be alone with the child. However, an aunt who received custody allowed Watkins to move in.

Careatha White, Jayniah’s paternal great aunt, said she thinks Watkins suffered from postpartum psychosis. White blames the county’s system, saying caseworkers failed the child in letting her stay with a mentally ill mother.

“This could have been avoided, seriously,” said White. “Job and family services needed to be more on their A-game, investigate more in-depth with people.”

But Deters has said it appeared county caseworkers did exactly as they should.

“No one has the resources to monitor a mother and neglected child 24/7. They did what they had to do and, unfortunately, this happened,” said Deters.

Jobs and Family services conducted about 10 visits between January 25, when the child was placed in the new home, and March 13. After the initial placement, caseworkers visited the home January 26 and January 30, and subsequently once each week for 15-30 minutes.

http://www.fox19.com/story/28531127/mom-charged-in-3-month-olds-death

TrePierre Hummons: More than suicide by cop

After years of self-medicating – my son tragically shot and killed Officer Kim in an effort to get the police to kill him. If anyone of the nu11811369_938178512907235_7873663262440105084_n (1)numerous Hamilton County, Ohio agencies had paid a little more attention to my son’s needs, or at the very least, allowed me to assume custody this may not have happened. Hamilton County’s refusal to act is truly what killed my son and Officer Kim. Hamilton County Government’s desire to increase the prison population is why both my son and Officer Kim are no longer with us. I did everything I could within the bounds of the law and my hands were tied.  So here I am today.  A heartbroken father in the fight of my life.   I will fight until the life leaves my body to bring awareness to the damage that comes with viewing repeated violence to a child. I will fight to let people know that mental illness undiagnosed and untreated is dangerous to the individual and/or the community. The biggest fight is to expose the pipeline from children involved with CPS to area prisons.  Here is our story.

My son was killed in what is has been labeled a suicide by cop on June 19, 2015. Unfortunately, a Cincinnati Police Officer was killed in the process of my son’s death. The problem with this view of my son’s death is that while these are the facts of June 19th, this is not the whole truth. The truth is that Hamilton County, Ohio was a willing conspirator of both my son’s and Officer Kim’s death. Hamilton County Child Protective Services may not have pulled the trigger, but the county certainly had a large part to play in both of their deaths. Here is his story.

TrePierre was 11 years old when I went to his school to throw a pizza party for his class. He came and told me that it hurt when he sat down. He further explained his mom’s boyfriend had severally beaten him. We went to the principal’s office to check him out and it was then that I observed the bruises on his legs and back. I contacted Child Protective Services (CPS) to try and get the kids removed and placed with either me.  After 10 separate CPS investigations, I gave up hope that CPS could help my children.

Shortly after TrePierre’s 12th birthday, I was informed by the kids that their mother was using drugs and her daughter had been molested by her then boyfriend. I went to court to try and get custody of my children. My case was dismissed three times after, TrePierre’s mother refused to come to court

There were more than 35 different CPS investigations into the home, but nothing was ever done. My son started showing signs of mental illness at 16, but his mother’s solution was to allow him to smoke weed and drink. This self-medicating was not best for my son, but after trying to go through the court system, his mother cut all communication between my son and his sister and myself.

Why? The only conclusion that I, a reformed felon, could draw is that the state wanted my son and others like him to remain in traumatic environments to heighten the chance of them becoming criminals. Why would I make that statement? My son, all children are worth more to Hamilton County, State of Ohio and the United States Government as a convicted criminal than he is as a tax paying low-income citizen. It has been proven that early intervention with children who have experienced traumatic event do much better with therapy. It has also been proven that early intervention for children with mental health concerns, is the best way to help them live a productive adult life. If this has been proven, then why wouldn’t Hamilton County Family Courts or Child Protective Services do what they can to ensure that these children receive the support that they desperately need?  The answer is sick and twisted. The answer is why do anything that could possibly lower the prison population when the state make such a profit off of the prison population?  Here are some facts:

The State of Ohio Revised code 2151.03 defines, in part, “neglected/endangered or abused child” includes any child:

  • Exhibits evidence of any physical or mental injury or death, inflicted by other than accident means, that is inconsistent with the history given of it
  • Suffers physical or mental injury that harms or threatens to harm the child’s health or welfare because of the acts of his or her parent, guardian or custodian.
  • Who, because of the omission of the child’s parents, guardian, or custodian, suffers physical or mental injury that harms or threatens to harm the child’s health or welfare

 

Emotional abuse is defined as:

‘Mental injury’ means any behavioral, cognitive, emotional, or mental disorder in a child caused by an act or omission that is committed by a parent or other person who is responsible for the child’s care.

The Federal Government defines child abuse or neglect as:

  • Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm.

So as you see TrePierre was indeed neglected by his mother but also by the CPS system.

Studies show that children such as TrePierre are shuffled through the Pipeline to prison. “Zero tolerance policies increase the number of School Resource Officers (SRO) in schools, which increases the contact a student has with the criminal justice system. Students may be referred by teachers or other administrators but most often zero tolerance policies are directly enforced by police or school resource officers.[1] The practice of increasing the number of police in schools contributes to patterns of criminalization.[21] This increase in SROs has led to contemporary school discipline beginning to mirror approaches used in legal and law enforcement. Zero tolerance policies increase the use of profiling, a very common practice used in law enforcement. This practice is able to identify students who may engage in misbehavior, but the use of profiling is unreliable in ensuring school safety, as this practice over identifies students from minority populations.”

If these problems aren’t identified, are ignored and unreported, if a child is neglected or abused at home or having any mental health issues they are going to have behavioral problems.

“School disciplinary policies disproportionately affect Black and Latino youth in the education system a practice known as the discipline gap. This discipline gap is also connected to the achievement gap. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights issued a brief in 2014 outlining the current disparities. Black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students. The Advancement Project found that “In the 2006-2007 school year, there was no state in which African-American students were not suspended more often than white students”.[10] On average, 5% of white students are suspended, compared to 16% of black students. Black students represent 16% of student enrollment, and represent 27% of students referred to law enforcement and 31% of students subjected to a school-related arrest. Combined, 70% of students involved in “In-School arrests or referred to law enforcement are Black or Latino.”[5][9][11] The majority of these arrests are under zero tolerance policies. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School-to-prison_pipeline_-_cite_note-:5-10)

“The rate of black youth committing suicide has never been higher. A 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that for the first time, the suicide rate of black children in between the ages of 5 and 11 had doubled between 1993 and 2013 — while the rate among white children had declined. Suicides by hanging nearly tripled among black boys in particular. These findings were so surprising to researchers that they spent an extra year re-analyzing data just to double check themselves, only to find the same results. The most recent census data found that black youth are killing themselves far more frequently than their elders — and suicide has become the third leading cause of death among black people between the ages of 15 and 24.

These sobering numbers reveal how mental health problems have been quietly chipping away at the young black population over the past decade. However, in many black communities, community health experts say mental health remains a deeply stigmatized “white people problem,” or a personal weakness, rather than an illness. And little is being done at the community health level to shift this perception.” https://thinkprogress.org/why-are-so-many-black-kids-dying-from-suicide-6145b78764f6#.9l2xi6oo4

“Our Depression is Different. Risk factors for Black males can look different than traditional markers of mental health concerns. This is important as depression is often seen as the precursor to suicidal behavior. Furthermore, anger, irritability and engagement in violence can all be unsuspected symptoms of depression.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-johnson-ii/gone-too-soon-black-males_b_8025362.html

TrePierre never verbalized that he needed help.  He often alluded to the fact that life was tough and being an adult was over whelming, but never said I need help.  I believe that he felt why even bother to voice my feelings and who would really care.  He had lived his youth being disappointed by those who loved him and a system that was to protect him.

My plight is to bring awareness to the failing system that brings despair to our children.  The hopelessness begins at an early age as these statistics show.  As an abused child myself, my story includes lack of intervention from Children Services, family members and others in authority as well.  I understand how his feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and abandonment can lead to thoughts of suicide, lead to anger and it led me to prison.

 

Suicidal Grace

Trepierre Foundation

My son’s death triggered all kinds of emotions and memories for me. I read comments that said that people20150917_093355 (1) who commit suicide are selfish. I am here to tell you that I understand the pain of the one that has attempted or has committed suicide. I do not come from a place of empathy, but from a place of first-hand experience. I too attempted suicide years ago.

After coming home from prison I made the decision to live a legit life and do everything by the book. I didn’t know how hard it would be to honor that commitment. I found myself homeless, with no job, no money, unable to provide for my children, and literally sleeping on park benches and eventually staying in a shelter. I felt like I was a burden to my family and friends because I couldn’t even take care of the basics for myself.

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