Losing my first born son was only half the painful experience on June 19th, knowing it was preventable made it even worse. I celebrate my son's birthdate, June 1st and death date 2 weeks apart. After his death I could've went off and stayed under the radar and kept quiet but the story of June 19th 2015 didn't start with the death of my son or officer Kim. The story of June 19th is the story of millions of African American children nationwide. It was my story and many of you reading this right now. I tried to save my son from the same abusive and abandoned life that I experienced. I learned of his abuse after visiting his school and finding bruises all over his back at the age of 9 years old. I took immediate actions as his father and filed for an emergency custody. With all the success I had in the city of Cincinnati I really thought this would be a cakewalk, especially since his mom was under investigation for child abuse, unemployed, drug addict, and over 20 CPS (Child Protective Cases) ranging from neglect, abuse, and abandonedment. The judge immediately ordered a court ordered DNA test in which the mom didn't show up twice and instead of the mom facing consequences the judge punishes the my son and I by dismissing the petition for custody and visitation. Now the mom feeling empowered prevented me from seeing my son. I tried again for custody 2 years later but the judge decided to leave my son in an abusive, violent, drug infested environment. He was diagnosed with PTSD and depression and on Father's Day committed suicide by cop that also took the life of an officer. There are millions of Black and Brown babies being forced to live in toxic, unstable, abusive environments but have no voice. My son's death fueled me to start the State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma movement. We've passed legislation in 3 cities in Ohio and currently working to get hcr.14, Emergency declaration for childhood passed on a state level. For more information on our initiative visit www.childhoodtraumaemergency.org
After my son's death many local residents wrote op-ed's giving there opinions. I went from being Cincinnati's beloved to becoming Cincinnati's most hated. Some did articles shedding positive light on my efforts to address mental health. (Link to article)
Until June 19, 2015, I was a respected Cincinnati, OH business owner and philanthropist. I had been honored by the city, for my creation of Vision Caretakers Inc, an entrepreneurial program I launched in the Ohio Department of Correction, my Think Curriculum and film designed to help youth to identify the long term consequences of decisions that they may make as a youth, and the many businesses I started that employed returning citizens from prison, but after June 19th I went from being Cincinnati's baby to Cincinnati's Most Hated.
Here's a time-line to show how quickly things went from bad to WTF.
June 19, 2015 - Trepierre Hummons died in suicide by cop.
June 30, 2015 - Ronald wrote an article that detailed his son's earlier diagnosis of depression and his symptoms of manic depressive disorder and PTSD, but was never treated.
July 2015 - Ronald’s C-Town store was robbed while police stat in a patrol car across the street. Ronald started receiving death threats and the police stated that there was nothing that can be done.
August 2015 - Ronald started speaking out about how he tried to fight in the courts to remove his son through multiple custody filings as a child from a toxic and abusive environment with his mom - but the judge decided even though his mom was under investigation for child abuse he would not grant me custody.
September 2015 - January 2016 - Ronald left Cincinnati and went into hiding to give him the time to grieve and to receive counseling.
February 2016 - Ronald began working on the Strikeback App, a suicide prevention tool for youth and adults.
May 2017 - Ronald attempted to get a City proclamation in to raise awareness of the need for Mental Health education and advocacy. It was not received well by the City of Cincinnati.
Nov 2017 - The Strikeback App was launched in Cleveland because he was still receiving death threats and local organizations would not welcome the opportunity to work with him.
Jan 2018 - Ronald began making introductions and learning the operations of state legislation to prepare for the launch of his plans to make Ohio the first state to declare a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma. .
July 2018 - Ronald released his book Diamond to explain how his own life was started in violence and why he knew the pain his son was dealing with in silence.
September 2018 - Police Harassment increased in Cincinnati. Ronald started working with people in Cleveland and Columbus because there he was not ostracized because of his son’s actions.
December 2018 - Ronald Hummons staged a hunger strike to bring awareness to how serious PTSD is in youth and how much permanent damage childhood trauma can cause.
January 2019 - Ronald Hummons was illegally arrested after the girlfriend of a Cincinnati Police Officer came up with the idea to use their friendship as a way to retaliate. Ronald was physically abused, jailed for 2 days, refused to be given sleeping mat and toiletries, and forced to use his tank top as toilet paper- just to be acquitted of all charges.
May 2019 - Ronald released his 2nd book Childhood Trauma - to explain why PTSD had to be treated as the State of Emergency.
September 2019 - Ronald staged another Hungar Strike and got the attention of Ohio State Senators and Representatives
October 2019 - Ronald had to file a lawsuit to attempt to stop the police harassment and threats from the Cincinnati Police Department.
November 2019 - Ronald and his team drafted a proposed declaration that would make the fight against Childhood Trauma a State of Emergency in Ohio.
December 2019 - Both Senators and House
Representatives have signed on to help sponsor a Childhood Trauma Bill.
As of today Ronald efforts to declare a State of Emergency on Childhood Trauma is bill hcr.14 and is in the Mental Health Committee in the House of Representatives waiting for a vote in early Senate.
(Link to article) https://local12.com/news/local/father-of-man-who-shot-killed-sonny-kim-arrested-for-stalking-menacing
For more information on the incredible, historical work visit, www.ohiostateofemergency.com.
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