Witnesses reported it happened in an Overland Park, Kansas Hooters Monday evening, police say.
One of several witnesses told:
“He basically said get that little ‘blank’ up off the floor, the n-word started to get thrown around.”
He said he saw a preschool-aged child wander away from his family, and when a family member came to retrieve him, another customer used a racist slur and spat at the child. Police were then called to the restaurant.
For some, his words and actions were fighting words and actions, but somehow, a physical confrontation didn’t happen. But these types of offensive situations usually set folks into formation in the fight against racist hate.
The firefighter later told police that he was a first responder as if that would somehow excuse what he did to that child.
“I didn’t catch what the officer said to him, but his immediate response was ‘It’s ok, I’m a fireman,’ like that was supposed to blanket cover everything for him,” said the witness.
Overland Park police said they are speaking with the family again, and that the firefighter—whose name has not been released— could be charged with battery and making a criminal threat.
We will see if justice prevails.