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Prosecutor Suspended After Making ‘Greedy Foreigners’ Comment About Asian Family

A Kentucky prosecutor was suspended this week after referring to an Asian family in a letter as “greedy foreigners who did understand simple contract relations.”

Price was working on a civil case, representing a family opposing the family-owned Hwang’s Martial Arts Academy, and wrote a letter to their attorney including the offending line, as well as a reference to them “relying on some Asian principle.”

And in case you’re wondering how he initially explained those comments, this is what Price said in an interview days later:

“I do not think that that was derogatory,” said Price. “I thought that that was an appropriate reference to them, because I don’t know them to be American citizens. … Some of those individuals (at Hwang’s) may be illegal aliens. I don’t know. My clients said that the individual they dealt with had some broken English. Now that doesn’t necessarily make them a foreigner, I understand that. But based on the information we had, no, I do not believe that that was insensitive to refer to them as that.”

Well, days after that interview, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell sent a letter to Price, calling the comments “insensitive and inflammatory,” and informing him he’s suspended. Price reportedly apologized to O’Connell and was ordered to attend sensitivity training.

Mimi Hwang told NBC News, however, that suspension doesn’t go far enough and “termination would be the right thing to do.”

Watch WDRB’s report below:

WDRB 41 Louisville News

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