Firefighter found not guilty of spitting on little boy, using racial slur

Bill Grady
May 10, 2018 - 5:15 am

A Kansas City, Missouri firefighter accused of spitting on a three-year-old boy was acquitted Wednesday in a bench trial in Overland Park Municipal Court. 

Terrence Skeen was charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct stemming from a February incident at the Hooters at 10620 Metcalf. During a party, the African-American boy wandered away from his family. Skeen admits he told the boy's grandfather, Raymond Harris, to corral the youngster for misbehaving.

Skeen also said he told Harris he carries a gun when it was suggested they “ take it outside.”

One witness said called the child the “N” word and spat on him. However, testimony was inconsistent with a restaurant video. After a trial of about five hours, Judge Cindi Cornwell acquitted Skeen on all counts. She said the prosecution failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.  

 A lawyer for the Harris family expressed disappointment and said, “Racism is alive and well.”

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