Just another day in Trump’s America.
There is no shortage of craziness in this story, but the fact the firefighter is back at work speaks volumes.
Remember that Kansas City firefighter charged with spitting on a 3-year-old in an Overland Park Hooters and calling that child the n-word? He’s already gotten his job back.
According to the child’s family, what happened that night was even worse than we knew from the initial story.
The child’s grandfather, Raymond L. Harris, says the firefighter not only called him the n-word, too, but also threatened to shoot him. Then, according to boy’s great-uncle, Michael Mitchell, the restaurant manager called police. Not to report the spitter and slurrer, mind you, but to report his family. The manager kicked them out instead of the firefighter. And while Mitchell stayed behind and settled up, the rest of their party fled in fear, without even pausing to grab their untouched birthday cake, despite having done nothing wrong.
At first, this seemed to be a story about one man, 42-year-old first responder Terrence Jeremy Skeen, a 15-year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department.
“You need to get that f—ing girl and take her back to the other side where you came from,” Harris says Skeen called. He’s a boy, Harris answered, flustered. But more to the point, “Did you spit on my grandson?” Harris says Skeen responded this way: “F— you, you (n-word). I will spit on you. F— you! I will shoot you!”
The firefighter’s friend weighed in, too, Harris says, if only to state the obvious: “He don’t like kids of that kind.”
They were still outside, taking some deep breaths, when Mitchell’s wife came out and informed them that the cops had already been called, but on them. In fact, she said, the manager had asked them to pay up and leave — they were kicked out, he said — but he’d said nothing at all to the firefighter.
Shockingly, the police did the right thing and took Skeen into custody, but don’t be surprised if he little more than a slap on the wrist.