A Kansas City, Missouri firefighter who was accused of spitting on an African American child in a Hooters restaurant in a highly publicized case, has been found not guilty on all charges.
Terrence Skeen, 42, was originally charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct following the February 26, 2018 incident in Overland Park, Kansas.
The family of the child claimed Skeen spit on the three-year-old and used the n-word because he was running around the restaurant. Skeen denied the accusations and claimed as an openly gay man he had “no tolerance for discrimination.” Several Kansas City firefighters, both white and black, testified on behalf of Skeen stating they had never observed any evidence of racial animus.
Yesterday, Municipal Court Judge Cynthia Cornwell found Skeen not guilty pointing to inconsistencies between the prosecution’s three witnesses. More on the story.