KC firefighter charged in racist incident at Overland Park Hooters

Marc LaVoie
March 08, 2018 - 6:59 am

A Kansas City, Missouri firefighter is charged in Johnson County in connection with an incident at a Hooters restaurant in Overland Park in which he is accused of calling a little boy a racial slur and spitting on the boy. 

The incident was reported February 26. Firefighter Terrence Jeremy Skeen, 42, is white. The 3-year-old alleged victim is black. 

Skeen was charged Wednesday in Overland Park Municipal Court, according to a news release from the city's police department.

Witnesses told police the boy became separated from his family, a group of people who were celebrating a birthday at the restaurant. Skeen is accused of spitting on the boy and using the racial slur when a family member went to retrieve the child.

Skeen is charged with one count of battery, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of assault. 

The matter has been referred to the FBI for any further investigation they determine is necessary, according to the OPPD news release.

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