OCA Offers Its Condolences to the Family of Officer Sonny Kim and the City of Cincinnati
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Posted by: Nick Lee
OCA Offers Its Condolences to the Family of Officer Sonny Kim and the City of Cincinnati – Calls for National Dialogue on Responsible Gun Ownership and Criminal Use of Deadly Weapons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 June 2015
CONTACT: Michael W. Kwan | National President
202 223 5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: City of Cincinnati, P.O. Sonny Kim, City of Cincinnati Mourns Loss of Police Officer Sonny Kim.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates extends its deepest condolences to the family of Officer Sonny Kim, slain in the line of duty, and to the City of Cincinnati for their loss of a loving parent, husband, son, brother, dedicated public servant and hero. Officer Kim represented the very best of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. An immigrant from South Korea, he selflessly served his adopted city with dignity and respect. His death is a loss, not just of his family, City of Cincinnati, his department or even the larger Asian American and Pacific Islander community. His passing is loss for all people of good will, honor and community spirit.
“Officer Kim was killed working overtime, at a time when he could have been home, because of his personal commitment to ensure the safety of his fellow officers and the people of Cincinnati. That such dedication to service is the norm in our courageous public safety officials speaks to bravery and sacrifice they make on our behalf each and every day,” said Michael W. Kwan, OCA National President. “We are shocked and heartbroken to once again suffer a death of an innocent man to intentional gun violence. On the heels of the massacre in Charlotte, we have suffered yet another death caused by the criminal use of a firearm.”
“We are well past the time to have an intelligent, thoughtful dialogue on responsible gun ownership and the criminal use of deadly weapons. We must include in our dialogue a frank discussion on the value of human life and matters of racial, economic and social injustice for all people. We must engage in this national conversation, free from emotion, with a willingness to hear as well as be heard. All viewpoints must be welcomed and carefully considered,” concluded Kwan. “This dialogue cannot occur inside the vacuum of the Washington Beltway, Madison Avenue or Wall Street. We cannot wait for those interests to help us or allow the gridlock of politicians to deter our efforts. We must talk to our friends and neighbors at the local diner, the corner drugstore and even in our houses of worship. We must engage civically on every Main Street in every city and town; through every hamlet and neighborhood. It won’t be easy. But America has done great and difficult things when her people roll up their sleeves and get to work. Only through honest, tolerant discussion can we hope to gain ground on the growing violence claiming so many of our very best. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Kim, his department and his city.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).
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