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Officer's death delays anti-violence plan

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati's much ballyhooed 90-day plan to try to reduce violence with shootings at a 10-year high is delayed for at least two weeks, police officials announced Sunday, the day it was to launch.

The postponement comes as Cincinnati police reel from the agency's first in-the-line-of-duty death in almost 15 years. 

Officer Sonny Kim, a 27-year-veteran and married father of three teenage sons, was gunned down Friday after responding to a 911 call that turned out to be from the shooter himself, Trepierre Hummons.  Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell described the plan as 'suicide by cop.'

A police spokeswoman released a statement Sunday which read in part: “Chief Blackwell in consultation with command staff has postponed the staffing changes outlined in the Summer Safety Plan for a minimum of two weeks."

The city's teen curfew will remain in effect, but two city recreation centers will no longer serve as curfew centers.

Though delay in launching the plan is temporary, Kathy Harrell, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said it shouldn't have been implemented at all. 

Some controversial aspects of it include assigning officers to pools and parks and a one-day surge in staffing each week.

But now, the police union's leader said, the focus is on Kim's family and Cincinnati police.

Clergy such as Bishop Bobby Hilton said they concur with the delay.

"The police department, they're grieving and when people are grieving, it's tough to think," he said. "It's tough to know what to do and how to do."

Officer Kim's services will be Thursday and Friday.

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